Bayern Munich have once again trolled Arsenal on social media following another men-against-boys performance and result in the Champions League and The Telegraph was able to compile most of them.
In a now-deleted tweet the German club asked Arsenal: “Same again next year?” after their 5-1 win in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie – but they only had to wait three weeks.
So resolute have Arsenal’s deficiencies in Europe become – particularly against Bayern – that football fans around the globe have felt secure enough to join in with the cacophony of jokes being made at the Gunners’ expense.
Bayern’s English Twitter account made a cheeky play on words shortly after last night’s stonking 5-1 second-leg win, asking what the time was at 9:50pm.
As the colossal margin of victory became clear, the club’s social media post managers had time to look for all sorts of other jokes – but they lamented that the goals were flying in so fast that they often missed their chance.
Meanwhile, the club’s US account merrily celebrated “the score so nice, we did it twice”.
Other oft-repeated punchlines included, “If you can’t support us when we lose 5-1, don’t support us when we lose 1-5,” and “Arsenal fans always 10-2 overreact.”
One even managed to crowbar in a reference to the famous Egyptian pharaoh, “2-10-khamun”.
There was also some observational comedy gold to be dug out, as the aggregate score failed to fit on the television display. Pictures of broken cannons, while perhaps a bit worn out – particularly in recent seasons – were also scattered throughout the twittersphere.
Back in London, Arsène Wenger lashed out at the team of match officials from Greece, describing some of their decisions as “absolutely unexplainable and scandalous,” as he attempted to explain away Arsenal’s 5-1 Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich – the club’s heaviest defeat at the Emirates Stadium, according to The Guardian.
Trailing 5-1 from the first leg, Arsenal went 1-0 up through Theo Walcott and argued long and hard that they should then have had a penalty for a Xabi Alonso foul on Walcott.
But the tie turned in the 53rd minute when Robert Lewandowski, from an offside position, was fouled by Laurent Koscielny. The referee, Tasos Sidiropoulos, awarded a penalty, which Lewandowski would score and, on the advice of one of his additional assistant referees, he sent off Koscielny. He had initially chosen only to book the Arsenal captain.
Arsenal folded lamentably thereafter – each of the subsequent goals the result of horrible individual errors and/or non-existent defending – and it added up to a 10-2 aggregate defeat, as well as a seventh consecutive last-16 exit for Wenger and his team. Only once previously have a club lost more heavily in the Champions League knockout stages: Bayern drubbed Sporting Lisbon 12-1 on aggregate in the last 16 in 2009.
Wenger chose to overlook the capitulation once his team were reduced to 10 men and take out his fury on the officials. It was Arsenal’s fifth defeat in their last seven matches in all competitions.
“We produced a performance with the spirit and pride we wanted,” Wenger said. “After that the story finishes badly. We were really unlucky because it was a 100% penalty at 1-0 in the first half on Walcott. In the second half the ref killed the game. He was very, very powerful for Bayern. Lewandowski was offside and it was not a penalty and, on top of that, he gives us a red card that kills us completely.
“Bayern are a good side but they can say thank you to the referee for the decisions in the second half. It leaves me very angry and frustrated. Even more so because we are in a difficult period. It is absolutely unexplainable and scandalous. I will take a lot of criticism but it doesn’t change my mind. It doesn’t make them right. The players have not let me down. The referee has let us down.”