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Can Arsenal still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Can Arsenal still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Arsenal were humilated 5-1 at Bayern Munich to leave their European ambitions in tatters.

The Gunners once again showed they do not have the quality to go past elite European teams and make the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League.

Can Arsenal still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Xhaka looks dejected as Bayern celebrate against Thomas Muller's goal

Arsenal not only conceded five goals but over 75% possession in Germany.

Their challenge lasted until the break thanks to Alexis Sanchez, who followed up his own missed penalty to equalise after Arjen Robben's superbly-struck 25-yard opener.

Can Arsenal still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Robben celebrates his opener

But after Arsenal lost Laurent Koscielny to injury early in the second half, Bayern ran a 10-minute riot as Robert Lewandowski headed home before Thiago Alcantara scored twice. Substitute Thomas Muller 'rubbed salt in the wounds' with a late fifth.

How did Arsenal manage to lose so heavily on the night?

There was no tactical surprise from Carlo Ancelotti in this match who simply arranged his side in an ordinary way.

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The problem was Arsenal played without a clear thought out plan. Their fans will say Lorient Koscienly's injury with the scores at 1 - 1 was the down-casting point. but the truth is Arsenal were totally being outplayed at that point.

The Germans had all the possession, were getting chances and were strong defensively whenever Arsenal tried to attack.

The truth is the players stopped trying after Alcantara scored the third goal and his first of the night. They gave up possession more easily and could not compose themselves.

One thing Ancelotti did that was inspiring was to ensure his players did not swarm the Gunner's box as that would have made it more difficult to score.

What will happen to Arsene Wenger?

Many pundits are of the opinion that Wenger will leave at the end of the season as hope of a Premier League and Champions League challenge fades.

Arsenal are the seventh richest club in the world and that should tell in the quality of their squad, but Wenger has not been able to address that.

Can Arsenal still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Could Wenger quit at the end of the season

Fans and club legends have had enough, but is the board ready to lose the man who brings them profit year in year out?

Can Arsenal still qualify?

At the stage and with this score line, almost impossible! No team has ever done it. At 4 - 1 it was a possibility as history tells us but at 5 - 1, it might be a step too far.

Can Arsenal still qualify for the UCL quarter-final?

Arsenal fans looking dejected after a match

With Koscienly likely to miss the return leg in two weeks, hopes of progressing are slim and it would take the kind of miracle that allowed Leicester City to win the Premier League last season to happen for Arsenal to progress

Verdict

Arsenal will not qualify for the quarter-final. Also Wenger might need to leave and also some players be sold for others to be bought, before Arsenal can challenge domestically and in Europe.

But did you ever think Arsenal will defeat Bayern Munich?

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