Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich for the second year running at the last 16 stage after a 2-0 home defeat last night.
The first half saw both sides miss penalties, firstly Mesut Ozil failed again from the spot, he earlier missed with a similar tame effort against Marseille in the group phase.
Then the usually reliant David Alaba hit the post from the spot after Arjen Robben was fouled by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who was subsequently given a red card.
In the second half the European champions showed their class and inevitably made the breakthrough, courtesy of a wonderful curling effort from man of the match Toni Kroos. Substitute Thomas Muller sealed the game with minutes to go leaving Arsenal a huge task in the second leg.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho controversially hit the headlines this week and at the moment he seems to be right. The Blues manager described Wenger as a "specialist in failure" and who can argue with him? Wenger's side once again seem to be tailing off in February when the fixtures come thick and fast.
They are now all but out of the Champions League and falling down the Premier League table, which means they could be set to challenge for the top four position rather than the title. Fixtures against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester city are on the horizon so it isn't a great time to be positive about Arsenal.
Wenger will once again face the critics for last night's performance but who can blame them? When many saw the teamsheet with Yaya Sanogo on it, although he tried his best he should not be leading the line in Arsenal's biggest game of the season.
The Gunners had been crying out for a striker in January but signed an injured Kim Kallstrom who is coming to an end to his career anyway.
Wenger may claim famously he did not see it coming, but many of us did, including Mourinho. Arsenal do still have a chance to end their nine year wait without a trophy with the F.A Cup, but they face a excellent Everton side and favourites Manchester City are still in the competition.
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