Arsenal chances hanging in balance after a 0-2 loss at home to Bayern.
Mesut Ozil missed a penalty and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off before Bayern Munich completed a 2-0 win over 10-man Arsenal in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s night began to do downhill from the seventh minute when Ozil earned a penalty after being fouled by Jerome Boateng only to miss the spot-kick as his weak effort down the middle was clawed clear by the right hand of Manuel Neuer.
It went from bad to worse when Szczesny was red carded after he sent Robben crashing to the ground as the Dutch winger burst in on goal on 36 minutes. Arsenal were handed a reprieve when David Alaba hit the post with substitute goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski heading in the opposite direction.
But the loss of a man proved too much of a hurdle for Arsene Wenger’s side to overcome as Philipp Lahm found Toni Kroos, who left Fabianski with no chance from distance for the opening goal on 54 minutes.
With Robben stretching the home side as much as possible, Arsenal were forced to defend stoutly, only to be undone again when substitute Thomas Mueller arrived to head into the net from a Lahm cross with two minutes remaining.
Arsenal won 2-0 in Munich at the same stage of this tournament a year ago, but will need to replicate that outcome to force extra-time against the Champions League holders in the second leg on March 11 at Arianz Arena. It looks highly likely that Arsenal will depart at the last-16 stage.