Bayern Munich will test the true mettle of Wenger's Arsenal
Feb 17 2017 by Dustin Murphy
"The manager gets the blame all the time, but at the same time he's getting let down by his players when they capitulate like that".
It's when the going gets tough, and it's time to slog through matches under adverse conditions, that the shiny veneer fades and we see the real Arsenal.
If they were sitting high in that mini League of matches between the top-six Premier League clubs and he hadn't scored or made assists, then that would back up the argument. I can't ever say I'd like to see him go; he's nearly my football father.
Sanchez scored from a rebound after missing a penalty against Bayern, but could do little more to prevent a crushing 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena that surely leaves Arsenal with no chance of making it through to the quarter-finals. In the process, Arsenal has become the first English team to concede 200 goals in the Champions League.
Wenger said the loss of Koscielny just after the break - with the scores at 1-1 - turned the game. Many of those who had travelled hundreds of miles and paid hundreds of pounds to watch their team play felt it sent the wrong signal.
"Football is a team sport and Arsenal are not performing well as a team".
A change may ultimately be best for bothArsenal and Wenger, especially as animosity from the stands has grown over the manager's inability to capture a fourth league title or to win in Europe.
Martin Keown believes that if Wenger stays at Arsenal for long, he will undo whatever he has done at the club during his first eight years as manager.
This feels like the kind of game that could pass him by, and Munich isn't an easy place to rediscover your form.
Speaking as a pundit on ITV the former Man United midfielder said: "When I see [Kieran] Gibbs with the armband on at the end of the game, you're in trouble".
For a few weeks now, there has been a consensus among observers about how Wenger's 21 year relationship with Arsenal will conclude and John concurs that there will be a parting of the ways this summer.
Bayern Munich can challenge for the Champions League this season after finding the right formula under Carlo Ancelotti, according to former player Bixente Lizarazu.
Bayern, the five-time champion, has knocked Arsenal out in the round of 16 three times - in 2005, 2013 and 2014. His era is coming to an end, and just like Sir Alex Ferguson eventually did, most Arsenal fans are damning the Frenchman with sympathy rather than disdain.
Lee Dixon nodded. "There's a niceness about the club - ask him, you don't win anything by being nice".