The booing were not quite as noticeable as after the FA Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers last weekend, but Arsenal fans were not happy after their side lost to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night. Despite a committed second half performance, Arsenal lost 3-1 to the German side in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Before this season, Arsenal had not lost to a side outside the Premier League in the FA Cup. The defeat against Blackburn followed elimination from the Capital One Cup at Bradford, a side in the fourth tier of English football. Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have won the FA Cup four times but after the latest losses the Frenchman looks even more vulnerable and may struggle to keep his job.
Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for the last 13 seasons under Wenger. However, that run could come to an end as Tottenham Hotspurs and Everton look in better shape in the context of trying to finish fourth in the league. Champions League football is key to the major clubs finances and failure to qualify has a seriously detrimental affect on turnover and cash flow.
It took just seven minutes for Munich to take the lead at the Emirates Stadium. German international Toni Kroos hit an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area after the Arsenal defense gave Munich too much room to operate. Midway through the first half that lead was doubled when Thomas Muller (pictured) scored from close range after more poor defending.
Arsenal started the second half pushing forward and allowing their opponents less space. Lukas Podolski scored a consolation goal after the solid Munich defense lost concentration. However, Mario Mandzukic then scored for the visitors with 13 minutes remaining which means they have a two goal advantage ahead of the second leg.
Wenger has been the Arsenal manager since 1996. The club have won three Premier League titles while he has been in charge. However it has been eight years since they last won a trophy and Wenger is now facing sustained criticism for the first time since joining the club.