Carlo Ancelotti Defends Arsene Wenger Before Bayern Munich Clash

Carlo Ancelotti Defends Arsene Wenger Before Bayern Munich Clash

After a 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich which has all but ended Arsenal's Champions League hopes, there is yet more pressure on Arsene Wenger.

"Perhaps it's a good omen, but I don't believe in it".

Bayern, the five-time champion, has knocked Arsenal out in the round of 16 three times - in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

The German champions completed a 5-1 rout of the Gunners, all but assuring themselves a spot in the quarter-finals despite the fact the second leg is still to be played - in London on March 7.

Choosing to walk away altogether could be an indicator that while Wenger may quit the Gunners, he might not be ready to give up on management just yet.

The Gunners restored parity on the half-hour mark as they were awarded a penalty that Alexis Sanchez duly stepped up to take the spot kick - eventually putting it away after the initial take was saved.

Robben also admitted he was surprised by the big win.

"We wanted to make life hard for them and we did that".

This season, under the Catalan's successor Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern are now seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

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Bayern defender Mats Hummels was given a yellow card for fouling Sanchez just outside the box.

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Despite Bayern's furious protests, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.

"We need to score at least once and concede nothing, then it'll be a good evening for us".

For about 45 minutes on Wednesday night, Arsenal hung with Bayern, going into the halftime break tied at 1-1 following a solid first-half performance.

The beleaguered French coach, whose future at the Emirates Stadium is looking increasingly uncertain with each passing match, admitted his team had "mentally collapsed" in the second half.

There was little Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina could do to stop Robben from opening the scoring in the 11th minute.

Thiago Alcantara then piled on the misery for Wenger's men with a brace and substitute Thomas Muller added a fifth two minutes from time.