We collapsed, no excuses: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Former Germany global, Oliver Khan, has said that Arsenal players have no faith left in manager Arsene Wenger, after their 5-1 humiliation against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

The Bundesliga champions will be considered favourites at the Allianz Arena, but the Gunners have nearly always managed to find the net on their travels to Munich.

Now, Arsenal need to score at least four unreplied goals against the German side in the reverse fixture and according to Koscielny, it is very possible.

He pointed to full-back Kieran Gibbs taking the armband when captain Laurent Koscielny went off early in the second half as a sign that Arsenal are short of real characters.

His contract is up at the end of the season and Smith, who retired in 1995 - a year before Wenger took over - is hoping the Frenchman opts to walk away to preserve his legacy.

No wonder the club was so keen to extend his contract beyond this season, even if he's entering the twilight of his career.

Would Gunners supporters be reacting similarly if a different manager - say Juventus coach Max Allegri, one of the favourites to succeed Wenger - had overseen the results of this campaign?

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Once again the "We Want Wenger Out" chant could be heard but this time there were no objections, no in-fighting inside the away end at the Allianz Arena.

"Against Bayern, he would have stood in the middle of the pitch and said: "Ox, get in here alongside me".

He is expected back in training alongside the rest of the Arsenal players on Friday morning.

After years of success at the start of his reign, Wenger has struggled to mount a serious Premier League title challenge in the last 10 years and their European form has been largely discouraging.

"I doubt he will sleep very much between now and a terrible (FA Cup) game on an artificial pitch at Sutton on Monday night", said Wilson. Mesut Ozil was a passenger, and should have been subbed out at half time.

Thiago Alcantara struck twice and Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and substitute Thomas Mueller were also on target as the Bavarians, inflicted a crushing defeat on Arsene Wenger's men.

Wenger was asked if this result was his lowest point as manager. "We are professional, we have a second leg and we will try to win". The mind goes back to March 1998 when on the eve of Arsenal beating Manchester United en route to winning the Premier League, a grinning Wenger cheekily suggested that United should lose the game to make the title race more interesting.


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