3 talking points as Bayern Munich knock Arsenal out of Champions League

• Worrying cracks emerging?

• Arteta needs to take some blame

• Sub-par squad depth in the spotlight

FC Bayern München v Arsenal FC: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
FC Bayern München v Arsenal FC: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages
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Arsenal bowed out of the UEFA Champions League, with little more than a whimper, after suffering a 1-0 defeat away to Bayern Munich.

Having drawn 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium in the home leg last Tuesday, Arsenal knew that only a win would suffice and keep their European journey alive unless they were willing to risk traversing another penalty shootout.

Despite a first half where it looked to be anyone's game, the second-half display from the Gunners was poor, to say the least, and saw Bayern Munich assume total control over the proceedings.

Mikel Arteta's side endured a killer blow, however, in the 63rd minute as a cross found Joshua Kimmich, who headed home past David Raya to nudge Bayern Munich ahead in the tie.

Arsenal's threat in the final third was minimal which was perhaps encapsulated when Bukayo Saka, with the last kick of the game, failed to beat the first defender with a corner.

3 talking points as Arsenal tumble out of the UEFA Champions League

Fans have been in a frenzy discussing the result and the game, so here's a look at three talking points following Arsenal's exit from the UEFA Champions League.

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FC Bayern München v Arsenal FC: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Alex Grimm/GettyImages

1. Worrying cracks emerging once more?

Most Arsenal fans will be aware of the context of the team's now legendary training camp in Dubai during the Premier League's winter break.

It brought to an end Arsenal's poor run of form, and injected new life into the squad and how we played.

In fact, it is quite literally what kickstarted our incredible streak in 2024, which has now unfortunately been brought to an abrupt end.

After back-to-back defeats, first at home to Aston Villa and now away to Bayern Munich, and also successive games without scoring for the first time since May 2023 (last season!), worrying signs are beginning to emerge.

Arsenal now look more like the side who lost against West Ham, Fulham and Liverpool - and like a side who will seriously struggle in upcoming games against Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea among others.

Without wanting to overreact, the signs are certainly there, especially when it comes to our profligacy in attack and errors in defence.

It is essential that Arteta arests these issues but, as I will touch on next, a growing number lack confidence that he will, for the time being at least.

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