jamuna sports desk: Arsenal's European hopes are all-but over for another season as a second-half collapse against Bayern Munich left Arsene Wenger facing fresh questions about his Emirates future.
The Gunners, who have been eliminated in the first knockout round of the competition in each of the last six seasons, twice by Bayern, not only conceded five goals but over 75% possession in Germany.
After growing in confidence throughout the first half, all of the Gunners good work was undone in the second half, as Robert Lewandowski put the hosts ahead again before a Thiago Alcantara brace put the Germans in the driving seat.
But after Arsenal lost Laurent Koscielny to injury early in the second half, Bayern ran riot during a 10-minute period in which Robert Lewandowski headed home before Thiago Alcantara scored twice. Substitute Thomas Muller rubbed salt in the wounds with a late fifth.
It leaves Arsenal with a near impossible task in the second leg and heaps more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger, who now only has the FA Cup as a realistic source of silverware in what will go down as another failed season.