The Germans carried a 5-1 lead going into their trip to London, and would replicate that after Lewandowski's penalty wiped out Walcott's sensational opener. With Koscielny out of the equation when he was sent off, Arturo Vidal's brace, along with goals from Robben and Costa resulted in more embarrassment as Arsenal were dumped out of the tournament at the Round of 16 for the seventh consecutive season.
There were glimmers of hope for the Gunners who looked to lighten the spirits of a support under suffocating depression and relieve their own pressure. Olivier Giroud planted a low header off target, Walcott was electric on the flanks and Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross created danger, as the North Londoners threatened and at times helped the empty feeling of he second leg implications to vanish.
In the twentieth minute, Theo Walcott packaged a blistering opener for the hosts which went a great way as a souvenir. On the right flank, he blazed through and waltzed past the defenders before unleashing a rocket of a strike into the roof of the net.
Walcott's goal vs Bayern pic.twitter.com/PiKTvJn4Sy— WENGER OUT (@saamiu4) March 7, 2017
Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry were quick in providing a warning on behalf of Munich that they weren't there for a vacation, fizzing down the wings and causing discomfort. But if things went the way of the Gunners when the half-hour mark had passed, a real fightback could have been on. Xabi Alonso clattered into Walcott as the Englishman dialled up to shoot, however it wasn't given - a debatable decision that could have gone either way.
He may have not been awarded the penalty, but Walcott continued to torment Bayern and was the brightest spark on the field. This time, Neuer palmed away his stinging effort, but the Bavarians still looked to be on shaky foundations as the half-time whistle sounded.
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hdsportsclips: Koscielny red card Fox Sport… UEFA Champions League Soccer: Arsenal vs. Baye… https://t.co/kUYY1k7AKh pic.twitter.com/lmo1ZjRwPU— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) March 7, 2017
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Robben gives you wings. 👐 pic.twitter.com/UO09rRWX7a— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) March 7, 2017
Douglas Costa netted a sensational shot to the left leaving Ospina no chance of stopping ten minutes later, with a great cut-in to evade the defenders.
Douglas Costa 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/eUKsoyeYPN— Ricky Spanish (@ksekoni_) March 7, 2017
Arsenal just couldn't stop the bleeding, and Bayern refused to stop the onslaught, as Arturo Vidal dinked it over the onrushing keeper after being slipped through by Alonso, a move which started out of a thoughtless pass from Mustafi.
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Arsenal fans couldn't have expected much trailing 5-1 going into the second leg, but this was definitely what they wanted to avoid. Arsene Wenger must have felt like he was watching the same movie on repeat: it was a horror movie.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 7, 2017
Arsenal have now been knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage in SEVEN consecutive seasons.
Groundhog day. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/ED9oGi5LIh