Five-Star Bayern Crush Arsenal In UCL First Leg

Posted February 16, 2017

Cape Town - Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the Gunners will not think about past results as they prepare to face Bayern Munich away in the first-leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old scored Bayern's winning goal in the 2013 final at Wembley to seal the 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

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"Yes, we've had bad experiences against them", Wenger said. Four attempts, four failures, and while most any team would love Arsenal's Champions League record, it's getting frustrating that the Round of 16 is Arsenal's ceiling. As the Bayern striker sought to clear the ball from a set-piece, Koscielny nipped in front and was clattered by the Pole on the half-hour mark.

Perhaps Arsenal's greatest ever UEFA Champions League run came was put to the test when they travelled to the Santiago Bernabeu to take on an in-form Real Madrid side full of "galacticos", confidence and the mentality.

"The team is one of the best in the world". They know what it means to play in the Champions League.

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But they are at risk of becoming the first champions of England to be relegated since Manchester City were in 1938. The players will have to step up a bit but you have to be confident in a coach who did what he did previous year .

"If we want to win something this season, we will have to play differently", he said at Ingolstadt.

Xabi Alonso suffered an injury scare in training on Monday, while Bayern will be missing defender Jerome Boateng and winger Franck Ribery, who are recovering from shoulder and thigh injuries respectively.

Martin Keown branded Arsenal's 5-1 capitulation in Munich as the lowest point of Arsene Wenger's 20-year reign as he suggested the Frenchman must now be thinking about walking away from the Gunners. Yes, their league might be a lot easier to win than the Premier League, but the Germans invariably reach the semifinals of the Champions League, at least.

This is the round where Arsenal have been eliminated in each of the last six tournaments. "We go there not high, but to defend well as a team".

Alexis Sanchez equalised for the visitors, scoring on the rebound after Manuel Neuer saved his 30th-minute penalty, but that seems of little effect now before the second leg in London on March 7. The return leg will take place in London on March 7.