Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger cut a lonely figure after watching his side slump to a 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

The English side fell 2-0 behind early on at the Emirates Stadium as the fans were silenced and left stunned after the German giants took control of the tie.

It was a more convincing second half from Arsenal and they got themselves back in the tie when Lukas Podolski headed home from a Jack Wilshere corner, but a lucky third goal saw Bayern Munich regain control.

The final whistle blew and the Emirates Stadium erupted with more boos, much like it did on Saturday when Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers.

At the end of the game, Arsene Wenger didn't even bother to wait around and shake the hand of Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes, and instead took off straight down the tunnel where he sat in the dressing room by himself for 25 minutes before coming back out to face the media.

The first leg loss adds to a very tough week for the Frenchman. He has seen his side crash out of the FA Cup and they now face an uphill task to stay in the Champions League.

Wenger admitted his side will need something extraordinary to make it through to the quarter-finals.

He said: "Let's not hide the truth: it will be extremely difficult against a team of that quality. They didn't reach two finals in the last three years without that quality.

"We have to give our best and hope we have built our confidence up a bit more, because that belief will be needed. We have two battles now - maybe the easier battle will be to get back in the Champions League rather than to stay in it. 

"But we have to give everything to try to change things in the second leg."

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