Champions League: Bayern thrash Arsenal 5-1, Madrid defeat Napoli

Manuel Neuer reveals he knows much about Arsenal – including the ‘poorer games'

And while there is no doubt about the consistency of the team and the healthy financial state of the club, there must be the objective of having a realistic chance to win the title, which for yet another year in February, we can say is nearly impossible.

If Bayern are able to settle in to a pattern of comfortable possession, thus holding Arsenal to quick transitions and counter attacks, then you can expect to see the German side go on to win the match relatively easily.

Arsenal has lost in the last 16 in each of the last six seasons with Bayern responsible for their 2013 and 2014 exits.

Lewandowski acknowledged the importance of the result heading into the upcoming match with Arsene Wenger's men.

On the second time, the Gunners paid a heavy price.

It was on the second such occasion that the damage was done - the former Chelsea player's shot curled into the top corner in the 11th minute.

Philipp Lahm floated a flawless cross into the box and Lewandowski rose high above defender Shkodran Mustafi to drill in a header in the 53rd minute.

Sanchez had been lucky to be awarded a foul on a rare break and Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer spilled his free-kick in a rare show of nerves.

Martinez almost added a fourth in the 62nd minute with a thunderous header off a corner that Ospina saved before Thiago unleashed a blast through traffic that wrong footed the Arsenal keeper 30 seconds later. He misses chances that don't look unfeasible for him [to score].

That was not the case after the break as Bayern ran riot.

Bayern took the lead four minutes later when Robben fed Philipp Lahm who delivered a cross from the right.

Arsenal returned to winning ways with victory over the Tigers and now Wenger is looking forward to the prospect of coming up against Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern. Robert Lewandowski, who has 255 career goals (37 in the Champions League), is another Bayern star who has yet to get his hands on the coveted trophy. He went off and they looked disorientated.

Arsenal equalized in the 29th minute following one the oddest sequences of play imaginable. After seeing a penalty appeal turned away and David Ospina deny Javi Martinez with an incredible stop, Bayern eventually got their fourth, as Thiago's strike from distance deflected in off Xhaka.

However, Thomas Muller was introduced after 85 minutes, but he rounded off the scoring three minutes later with a calm finish into the bottom corner, 3-1.

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