616 appearances former Arsenal man: 'We are way short of the top European teams'

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Lee Dixon does not feel Arsenal are near the big European teams after they exited to Bayern Munich in the Champions League again.

In case you needed reminding, which you probably didn’t, Arsenal are out of the Champions League once again.

And again, it was Bayern Munich who dealt the fatal blow to their continental hopes.

The Gunners had real flashes last night, and in the opening 20 minutes against Bayern at The Emirates, but once again they came up short where it mattered.

For the Gunners yesterday there was a few standout performances. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Per Mertesacker and Lukasz Fabianski were all superb - while Lukas Podolski also had the bit between his teeth.

But others are not, or simply believe they are not, good enough to compete with players of this quality.

Bacary Sagna, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud - none backed whatever ability they had in the same confidence as the Bayern players.

Arsenal are simply not on the same playing field as these teams right now - and a former Gunner agrees.

Lee Dixon, who was at the game working for ITV Sport yesterday, played over 600 games for Arsenal before retiring in 2002 - and he had some difficult home truths post-game via his official Twitter account…

Last night seemed to prove that signing just one top player, as they have with Mesut Ozil, is not going to be enough to get Arsenal where their fans want them.

They are still some way off, and The Gunners must spend again this summer if they are to ever compete at that level.

As right now - they are unfortunately some way off.

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