Arsenal's latest risible Champions League defeat has come tonight: a 5-1 reversal against Bayern Munich means they have now lost their first-leg of the last 16 round for six straight seasons.
Arsenal have lost the first leg in the Champions League last-16 for the sixth consecutive season. pic.twitter.com/nleeHkhmhw
— Squawka (@Squawka) February 15, 2017
After the game, Arsene Wenger told BT Sport that his side "mentally collapsed" following the forced withdrawal of Laurent Koscielny through injury. It was 1-1 when the French defender left the field; ten minutes later it was 4-1.
Arsenal were utterly useless in the second-half, and looked a team bereft of leadership and unity: they spent most of the second period gesticulating in anger at each other, with Mesut Ozil a particularly pained on-looker.
As if 4-1 wasn't bad enough, Arsenal contrived to concede a fifth before the end. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught dallying on the ball in midfield, and a couple of Bayern passes later, Thomas Muller had the ball in the net.
After the concession of the goal - which was pretty much his fault - Oxlade-Chamberlain threw this really weird, petulant strop.
— Phil (@Reventon_17) February 15, 2017
RTE discussed this after the game, and Didi Hamann's analysis was extremely strong:
He's trying to fool the manager and the fans into thinking that he is trying.
Strong words from Didi....fair?