Arsenal were battered 5-1 by German champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday to leave them on the brink of a seventh successive last 16 exit from the Champions League.
Arjen Robben gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side an 11th-minute lead as the hosts dominated the early exchanges, although Arsene Wenger’s Gunners got themselves level when Alexis Sanchez bundled home after the Chilean initially missed his penalty.
Yet, however crucial that away goal seemed at the time wasn’t come the final whistle, as Bayern ran riot in the second half, with a brace from Thiago Alcantara, as well as goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, all but sealing the Bundesliga leaders’ place in the quarter-finals.
It was Arsenal’s second successive 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena, having been thumped there in last season’s competition as well, but this was even worse, given that they seemed to completely collapse following the injury to captain Laurent Koscielny at the start of the second half.
It gives Wenger’s men the impossible task of trying to overcome that deficit in the second leg in three weeks’ time, yet there’s another side that also have to come from four goals down if they are to reach the last eight, in the form of Barcelona.
Luis Enrique’s men, who have won the competition three times in the last eight years, were hammered 4-0 by French champions Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade de France on Tuesday, with a brace from Angel di Maria, as well as strikes from Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani, sealing a memorable victory for Unai Emery’s side.
Unsurprisingly, many supporters took to social media after this week’s games to express their views on what they had seen, with many Arsenal fans embarrassed by their side’s display in Munich on Wednesday…
FT: 5-1. Another embarrassing performance from Arsenal. #afc
— Arsenal Relevant (@ArsenalRelevant) February 15, 2017
Well.. That was embarrassing. It's hard to find any positive, we didn't deserve better and we should focus on what happens next #afc
— Vince (@ASCFR) February 15, 2017
We are an absolute laughing stock once again. So embarrassing. When is the change coming #AFC
— Joe Cole (@joeboi90) February 15, 2017
That was embarrassing #AFC
— Sean Fitzgerald (@SeanFitz88) February 15, 2017
Uninspired performance. Shake up needed #afc
— Somung (@Somungh) February 15, 2017
While the result drew many fans up and down the country to suggest that time is finally up for Wenger at the Emirates…
— Connor (@wilsonco92) February 15, 2017
— Will Scott (@willpscott) February 15, 2017
If Wenger isn't capable of changing his ways, he needs to go. Simple as. #AFC
— Nikhil Suchak (@NikzSuchak95) February 15, 2017
#afc have become a joke. Wenger has to go. What was the tactic for today cause it seems unclear. Half press half hold? Tactically clueless.
— El Nìno (@ahmedvanpersie) February 15, 2017
If Arsenal can't see now that Wenger has to go then there's something badly wrong. Same mediocrity year after year settling for 4th. #AFC
— Andrew Millar (@AndyMillar94) February 15, 2017
Barcelona were trounced by PSG, a result which stunned many supporters…
Barcelona absolutely thumped by PSG. What a game.
— Jacob Roberts (@anE5kimo) February 14, 2017
Barcelona were beaten,battered and bruised by PSG
— Tizizi⚽ (@Tozo97) February 15, 2017
Barcelona have never been this exposed. Technically, physically, tactically & mentally absolutely battered by PSG. Absolutely shocking.
— Martino (@NaughtyGods) February 14, 2017
While the thrashing prompted many to suggest that it was the end of an era at the Nou Camp, although some did feel that that talk was slightly premature…
Mark your calendar, today is the end of the Barcelona golden era.
— Gianni D'Ambrosio (@GioDAmbr67) February 14, 2017
Feels like the end of an era with Barcelona getting humiliated like that. #FCB
— Ryan Palliser (@RJPalliser10) February 15, 2017
How's it an end of an era? lol these TV experts are so reactionary. Just a super poor day at the office from Barcelona.
— Muddassir Hussain (@muddassirjourno) February 14, 2017
Looks like the end of an era at Barcelona !! Time to rebuild a new team, this will be the sign of a good manager!!Will it be Enrique tho?
— BILLYKERR (@ImBillyKerr) February 14, 2017