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Wenger admits Arsenal need ECL miracle

Press Association logoPress Association 15/02/2017

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal need a miracle if they are to progress in the Champions League after Bayern Munich thrashed them 5-1 in the first leg of their last 16 clash at the Allianz Arena.

Arjen Robben cut inside from the right and curled Bayern ahead in the 11th minute but Alexis Sanchez levelled at the second attempt from the rebound after Manuel Neuer saved his 30th-minute penalty.

Immediately after captain Laurent Koscielny went off injured in the 48th minute, Arsenal conceded three goals in 10 second-half minutes.

Robert Lewandowski rose high to head in before sweetly back-flicking to Thiago who found the bottom left corner. Then Thiago's deflected shot from the edge of the box flew in.

After David Ospina, preferred to Petr Cech in Arsenal's goal, made some fine saves, Thomas Muller drilled home from a central position late on to complete the rout.

Wenger told BT Sport 2: "It's difficult to explain. Just before half-time we had two good chances to score. We came back and played well.

"In the second half we lost Koscielny very quickly - he came off at 1-1 - and finally we collapsed. It's difficult mentally, we collapsed - and Bayern are a better team than us as well.

"I felt the third goal was a killer for our players because after that we had no response."

Asked if Arsenal require 'miracles' to progress against Bayern, Wenger replied: "Of course".

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