Another Champions League round of 16. Another exit on the cards for for Arsenal. Bayern Munich crushed the Gunner 5-1 in the first leg on Wednesday, scoring three goals in a dazzling 10-minute spell in the second half to extend their record to 16 consecutive home wins in the competition.
Thiago Alcantara struck twice and Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller were also on target as the Bavarians inflicted Arsenal's first defeat of the season in Europe's premier club competition.
Alexis Sanchez had equalised for the visitors, scoring on the rebound after Manuel Neuer saved his 30th-minute penalty but the Gunners suffered when captain Laurent Koscielny limped off injured to leave the defence exposed.
The English team are on course for a seventh last-16 exit in a row as Bayern close on a sixth successive quarter-final appearance. The sides meet in the second leg in London on 7 March.
As expected, the internet was in fine form, with memes and tweets mocking manager Arsene Wenger and his team's hapless performance. Here's a look at some of the best tweets after Arsenal's heavy defeat:
Bayern's English Twitter account reminded fans of Arsenal's previous 5-1 loss in Munich from November 2015, rubbing salt in their wounds.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 15, 2017
Arsenal legend Ian Wright gave up watching the match and lamented the team's collapse.
We are a ******g shambles 😫 — Ian Wright (@IanWright0) February 15, 2017
Golfer and Arsenal fan Ian Poulter was left fuming watching the action from the gym.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 15, 2017
Other former footballers and commentators also had a few choice words to describe the shambolic performance.
Arsenal have completely disintegrated. An utter shambles and rudderless after koscielny went off. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 15, 2017
No change there but they may now realise that I was right all along. Arsenal are soft and have been for a long time. https://t.co/4jNEY5yRZQ
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 15, 2017
And of course, there were all kinds of jokes made at Wenger's expense.
It's taken Wenger a while, but he's finally got his team playing like Barcelona in Europe. #BAYARS
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) February 15, 2017
Barcelona: God that was awful last night, nobody could possibly put in a worse first leg performance than that
Arsenal: Hold my beer
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 15, 2017
The Difference. pic.twitter.com/WFHDYj02SP
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) February 15, 2017
Get through the group stage✅
Meet Bayern in the knockout stages✅
Get eliminated. REPEAT.✅ pic.twitter.com/MuSoQQfhbM
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) February 15, 2017
Published Date: Feb 16, 2017 11:49 AM | Updated Date: Feb 16, 2017 11:50 AM