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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League

Arsenal find themselves 5-1 down from the first leg, in what was the nadir of a dismal spell that saw Alexis Sanchez dropped for Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool after a bust-up, although Arsene Wenger denied this.

After a wretched run of four defeats in six games that has left the Gunners' Champions League and Premier League hopes in tatters, the Arsenal captain was openly critical of his side's lack of fight in recent weeks and called on his teammates to make the fans proud again. Remember they face a team which has won 14 and drawn two of their last 16 games. Goals will be flowing if the first leg was an indication and I think it will be a repeat so any sized stake on this wager is understandable.

The former Werder Bremen defender watched his side concede four second-half goals at the Allianz Arena, having gone into the break level at 1-1 with the Bundesliga champions.

In the Champions League this season, they leaked a goal inside the first 20 minutes against PSG (twice), Ludogorets and Bayern. We had a real chance to go for it, to push it and even without our best player on the pitch, to show that we are a real unit and we have to execute that.

"I think that we have to live our jobs with critics sometimes", Ancelotti told reporters.




In many ways, Sanchez is the symbol of the angst and frustration at Arsenal.

"For a team that has problems this game could be a good opportunity to solve those problems".

Holders Real Madrid, meanwhile, take a 3-1 lead to Napoli tonight, who are aiming for first place in the quarter-finals, their morale boosted by a 2-1 win at Roma on Saturday.

The reason this season has been worse than others are because of Arsenal performing the same way they have been for the last few seasons. "These days you have to be more flexible". Of course, Sanchez must accept some responsibility too, but it seems inevitable that he will leave in the summer for what he considers to be a team capable of winning major trophies.

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