Trevor Francis believes Arsenal shouldn't feel ashamed after they were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League last night.

Arsenal went into the second leg at the Allianz Arena with a two goal deficit which they had to overturn.

But all didn't go to plan when Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring in the second half.

Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners some hope when he scored just two minutes later but Arsenal couldn't get the two extra goals they needed and were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate.

As reported by Sky Sports, Francis said"They were against the best team in Europe.

"Bayern are the current holders so you have to say that it was unfortunate that Arsenal had to play them at this stage of the competition.

"It is no disgrace going out against Bayern Munich because I think that if there is going to be a team that is going to retain the trophy, they have got as good a chance as anyone.

"Overall it was a gallant performance from Arsenal. They were very spirited."

It marks the second time in successive seasons that Arsenal have been knocked out of the competition by the German champions and both times needed unlikely results in the second leg in order to progress.

And Arsenal will rue the fact they lost the first leg at home after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for fouling Bayern's Arjen Robben.

The Germans missed the resulting spot kick but went on to win 2-0 and having the extra man proved decisive.

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