If one were to be kind on Arsenal, they did at least have 45 minutes when Arsène Wenger could argue that his team had the better of one of Europe’s real superpowers.
“This is something that can’t be allowed to happen, but it has happened.” Just when life starts to look good again, along come Bayern Munich.
At times, as Arsenal’s players flickered in and out of focus during a traumatic second half in Munich, it was almost possible beneath the roars and whoops and gurgles of a sated home crowd to hear the sound of something else. Departures, farewells, changing trains, a little distant exit applause.
For Arsenal perhaps the most demoralising part is that nobody can even be greatly surprised any more.
Arsenal star promised a big performance in Munich.
The final 120 seconds of Bayern Munich’s win at Ingolstadt on Saturday could not have painted a more apt picture of their season so far under Carlo Ancelotti.