Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Champions League last 16 updates

Live text commentary as Arsenal are beaten by Bayern Munich in the Champions League as well as plenty of games in the Football League.

19 February 2013 Last updated at 22:37 GMT

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  1. 2235: 

    So it looks like Paolo Di Canio is definitely not going back to Swindon. Whether he'll end up at Real Madrid or Luton, we'll have to wait and see.

    That's all from us for tonight, a difficult evening for Arsenal is at an end.

    All the latest reaction from Arsene Wenger and Phil McNulty will be on the website shortly, and join us here again tomorrow for live coverage of AC Milan v Barcelona amongst others.


  2. 2230: 

    Swindon may have gone to the top of League One tonight but after the 3-1 win at Tranmere, caretaker manager Fabrizio Piccareta confirmed that on Wednesday morning, he, along with the remaining technical staff, will resign from their posts.

    He said: "We leave the team top of the league in League One but it's the outcome of the fantastic job that Paolo Di Canio and the team and ourselves as technical staff have done in the last two years.

    "We are here for Paolo Di Canio and we will follow him everywhere even if he coaches at Real Madrid or Luton Town because we are a team and we have shown these past two years that if you have a strong team and all the people involved are a strong team you can make a fantastic achievement."

  3. 2225: 
    Porto 1-0 Malaga

    Porto coach Vitor Pereira: "`We were dominant, we pressured, we didn't let them play their game. It's just a shame we didn't get a second goal."

  4. 2222: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "They are team with quality and are very efficient, they are a good side, so congratulations to Bayern.

    "Let's not hide the truth it will be very difficult [in the second leg] and we will try to make the impossible possible. We will try to play like we do at home and try to change the score. The third goal makes it very difficult but we will try.

    "Our fans were fantastic tonight, we were very disappointed we couldn't give them the win they wanted of course. But [losing to Blackburn] it was not the best preparation mentally, but the players worked very hard and gave absolutely everything, I believe the third goal was a mental blow for the team, but it's very difficult when you are 2-0 down."

  5. 2222: 

    Steve, Kingston on text: "Ref Claud 22:11 If you charge these kind of prices and see all your best players leave you have a right to shout and protest.."

    Joe, Aberdeen on text: "I'm sick of just praising Jack Wilshere after a game. Yes he is class, but if other players would step up we would be able to praise them too and not just continue saying JW was brilliant after every single game."

    Tim on text: "Forget Arsenal. Wolves have now dropped into the bottom 3 of the Championship. 2nd successive relegation on the cards? Doesn't look good."

  6. 2219: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich
    Lukas Podolski

    Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski: "The result speaks volumes. Bayern had a lot of pressure in the first half. However, we came out well in the second half and pulling one back was deserved. It will now be very difficult for us away from home."

  7. 2218:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on BBC Radio 5 live: "Arsenal looked like they hadn't been coached - and that comes down to Wenger. He gives Steve Bould licence to coach, but there was naivety, there was a lack of organisation and a lack of leaders.

    "Jack Wilshere was the only one leading the fight to Bayern Munich in the second half. And the thing is that Arsenal have a big wage bill, but there are too many average players on crazy salaries."

  8. 2214: 

    We are still yet to have any reaction from Arsene Wenger to that defeat - but hang on, here he comes...

  9. 2212: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben: "At the moment we are at a very good level, we have a good squad and we improved again compared to last year and tonight we made a very big step into the quarter-finals, but we need to stay focussed on our own game.

    "We expected a very big start by Arsenal with the fans behind them, and we warned each other. That was the biggest message to all the players and I think we did very well and of course if you score two goals you are in a great position."

  10. 2211: 

    Claud on text: "As an Arsenal supporter I have to say the biggest problem with our club is the fans. The majority of the people who turn up at the game have no right to just expect to win everything. The Emirates is just about the worst football ground in terms of support. I feel embarrassed when I watch home games at the lack of support and abuse the manager and players get."

    T on text: "One day it's 'Wenger doesn't care about winning, all he cares about is money,' the next: 'Wenger is such a bad loser.' Make your minds up."

    Mark, Berkshire on text: "Cardiff to bottle it again? Lets see!"

  11. 2210: 

    Golfer Ian Poulter: "No, I'm not watching the Arsenal pain. I'm on the 15th hole. Just checked the score..... No more checking. Just finished a great practice round. Wasn't going to have two hours of pain at the Emirates. Sad to say we are out of everything again."

    Journalist Miguel Delaney: "A stat worth repeating: only seven sides in history of European Cup have gone through after losing the first leg at home."

  12. 2206: 

    AFC Wimbledon's game against Northampton - which kicked off late thanks to a power cut - ended in a 1-1 draw which keeps the Cobblers in the play-off picture in League Two.

    Rotherham move into the automatic promotion places after they beat Bristol Rovers 2-1.

  13. 2205: 

    Andrew Dearie: "Arsene Wenger is a disgrace. Disappearing down the tunnel without shaking Jupp Heynckes' hand. The man lost the plot."

    James Dingle: "Not only has Wenger got poor tactics, no plan B, no motivation and lost his winning attitude... He's a sore loser too."

    Orlick taf Mwangelwa: "Arsenal need a new manager. The Wenger policy is not working. Doing the same things and expecting different results = madness."

  14. 2205: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud: "We kept going in the second half but I think that the third goal really changed the tie. Nothing is lost yet but we'll have to score three away from home. When you know how strong they are in defence, it won't be easy."

  15. 2201:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "You look at the Bayern Munich team in that first half, and every single player gave everything. They were all understanding each other's game. Technique isn't enough sometimes. If you look at Barcelona, their technique is superb, but they also work hard.

    "That takes commitment. It takes a work ethic. The moment one player doesn't press, then the youngest five or six other players turn round and say: 'What's the point?' It's a training ground thing, it's an organisational thing."

  16. 2201: 

    Philip Maher: "Nice to see a player stepping up, taking responsibility. Proof, if it was needed, Wilshere is a class act."

    Phil Robins: "Anyone else reckon this was Wenger's last match in charge of Arsenal? Think he'll quit."

    Mike Simpson: "Bayern, Barcelona, Blackburn, Bradford, Birmingham. God help us if we ever get drawn in a cup against Barry, Burnley or Barnet."

  17. 2200: 

    Watford are flying aren't they? That home defeat by Cardiff could be costly...

  18. 2159: 

    Chaz, London on text: "Wenger didn't bother shaking hands with any of the Bayern staff at full-time. The man has no idea how to be humble in defeat, complete lack of class."

    Adam, Watford on text: "Lets get a few words for Watford can we? Three days, six goals, two clean sheets, third in the league, three points off second! Not bad for Gianfranco's first season in charge!"

  19. 2159:  
    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "I think we're seeing the end of an era at Arsenal. I've said before that I think Arsene Wenger should choose the timing of his departure, but I think that is approaching now.

    "Maybe he needs something new - whether it's Paris Saint-Germain or replacing Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. I don't think qualifying for the Champions League would appease the discontent among the fans at Arsenal."

  20. 2153: 

    David, Worcester on text: "A bit of perspective needed. I wish that my team, Newcastle, had been as unsuccessful as Arsenal over the last few years."

    Vman on text: "Will always respect Wenger but for the benefit of Arsenal, definitely could do with a change of manager. Need new ideas. 'Every good thing comes to an end'."

    Ned on text: "Tonight Cardiff had 19 shots to Brighton's four. Just not our day today. Bring on the next game."

  21. 2153: 

    Arsene Wenger has gone straight down the tunnel, so far avoiding the television cameras. He didn't shake hands with Jupp Heynckes either.

  22. 2151: 

    Managerless Swindon Town are top of League One after a 3-1 win away at Tranmere, while Oldham have climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Stevenage.

  23. 2150: 

    Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan: "Bayern will join illustrious company when they knock Arsenal out of the cup..... Bradford and Blackburn ... !!!!!"

    Comedian David Schneider: "At least Bayern didn't score a fourth, though it would have allowed me to try a '4-1 durch Technik' joke."

  24. 2149: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich
    Jack Wilshere

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere: "We didn't start great and that's been a thing for us this season. In the second half we stepped it up and it's unfortunate we didn't do that in the first half. I'm not sure why, maybe it's a bit of nerves or anxiety because we show what we can do when we play, we will look at it and try to put it right.

    "It's nothing to do with the manager, he puts us on the pitch, it's down to us to perform. The players have to take responsibility, the manager has been here for 16 years and he's done a great job. There's always a chance [in the second leg], we take it to their place, and we need a few goals. We have the players to do it, we just have to start better."

  25. 2147:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal don't have that dominant centre-half; the type of character who, when things are going badly, says to the full-backs: 'Get tight and let's not concede for the next 15 minutes.' They lack that authoritative figure.

    "One of the few mistakes Arsene Wenger has made is that he hasn't adequately replaced Sol Campbell, Marti Keown and players of that ilk.

    "When you see the pace Bayern Munich play at, it's fast and it's furious. You've got to be an athlete to deal with it, and I'm not sure Per Mertesacker is an athlete."

  26. 2147: 

    Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony on Twitter: "An incredible away performance from the boys. That's 20 points from 30. One more win ticked, six plus to go. Delighted for lads & fans!"

  27. 2147: 

    David on text: "You cannot fault the performance of a certain few players tonight. Jack was outstanding, great prospect for England. As for Arsenal, we're going to need a miracle in Munich.

    Steve, Kingston upon Thames on text: "Sadly you can't expect to sell your best players and exceed. Beggars belief why Arsenal have sold their best players season on season to the two Manchester clubs... this what happens if you do."

    Peter on text: "I don't care about Bayern, Aldershot won! Am I dreaming?"

  28. 2147: 

    The gap at the top of the Championship has been cut to five points, with Cardiff losing 2-0 at home to Brighton while Hull beat Blackburn at home by the same scoreline. Billy Davies has his first win since returning to Forest, thanks to a 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield Town, while Peterborough have moved off the foot of the table with a 5-1 win at Millwall.

  29. 2142: 

    Jack Wilshere is wheeled out to face the cameras. He looks gutted. He can't believe it. Like a man who has just seen the latest Indiana Jones film.

  30. 2142: 

    Carwyn Bowen: "I do feel sorry for Wenger. Without doubt a top manager but seems to have lost his way a bit. Perhaps time to move on."

    James McCullough: "Wenger to be replaced by Moyes at the end of the season. You heard it hear first."

    Mark G: "Since the 2006 champions league final Arsenal have been getting steadily worse in every position. This is the fruit of it now."

  31. 2140: 

    Mike on text: "Often football is about who wants it more, which you see in teams like Barcelona, United and Bayern. Arsenal haven't wanted it as much as Munich who have worked at 100% all game."

    Ben on text: "Arsenal look as ordinary as the rest of us now. Very good Bayern side but Arsenal were gormless."

    Alan, Horsham on text: "Men against boys!"

  32. 2140:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal were not lacking in spirit but they were beaten by an outstanding Bayern Munich side. Arsene Wenger empty-handed again."

  33. 2139: 

    St Johnstone have held Celtic to a 1-1 draw, so Neil Lennon's side will have to put up with a mere 19-point lead over Motherwell.

    Keep across all the reaction on our Scottish live text.

  34. 2138: 

    Almost impossible? You would say that Arsenal's chances are very slim but you have to keep some faith - don't you?

  35. 2138:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "A very tough evening for Arsenal. In the first half, Bayern put on one of the best team performances I have seen in a long, long time. That's the perfect way to play football - high tempo, great passing, great technique. I don't think too many teams could have lived with that.

    "Arsenal came into it a bit more in the second half, but Munich dropped off the pace a little bit and allowed them a bit of space. The third goal, though, is a killer. It is more than an uphill struggle for Arsenal in the second leg. For them to qualify now is almost impossible."

  36. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    A ripple of polite applause amongst some moderate booing as Arsenal suffer back-to-back home defeats. The Bayern machine rolls on.

  37. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Porto 1-0 Malaga
  38. 2134: 
    INJURY TIME- Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    Three minutes added on...

  39. 2132:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "Some Arsenal fans leaving now - they've backed their team superbly tonight, even in defeat."

  40. 2132: 

    Rob on text: "There are quite a lot of players that run all game in the Premier League. But Thomas Mueller is something else, absolute machine!"

    Jason, Edinburgh on text: "Surely its only a matter of time before Wilshere follows in the steps of RVP, Fabregas and Nasri and moves on to a bigger club. He has been phenomenal tonight!"

    Tom, London on text: "Arsenal lacking that certain 'je ne sais quoi' they've been trying to buy raiding the French leagues. Limp and bumbly football!"

  41. 2132:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal have run out of steam. They've had a go in the second half, but it hasn't been a team performance. Wilshere's worked hard, Arteta has been anonymous. They've let in three preventable goals."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  42. 2131: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    Bayern captain Philipp Lahm is the latest into the book for bringing down Thomas Vermaelen. Eight yellow cards tonight.

  43. 2129: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    Bayern Munich do look a very strong team. They will take some stopping this season that's for sure. The man on the ball has got so many options, every time. The Emirates is emptying at a rate of knots.

  44. 2129:  
    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "I don't see any weak link in this Bayern Munich team."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  45. 2127: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch: "Poor from Sagna for Bayern's third. Allowed Mandzukic goalside of him. I'm surprised Lee Dixon hasn't jumped through the TV studio window on to the pitch."

    Stoke striker Michael Owen: "One-twos and full backs overlapping are the hardest things to defend. #lahm"

    Piers Morgan: "As I predicted, Robben versus a makeshift, reluctant left-back didn't end well."

  46. 2126: 
    FINAL FIVE- Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    Jack Wilshere hasn't given up on this yet. He remains a driving force in midfield and forces Manuel Neuer into a save with a firm left-footed strike.

    It's the last five minutes though.

  47. 2126: 

    Joe, Plymouth on text: "The big question is surely could Bayern do it on a cold wet night at Stoke?"

    Frank, Wales on text: "Galling to hear German fans singing "football's coming home". Oh dear."

    Niko, London on text: "From Brad(ford) to wurst.."

  48. 2124:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "As scrappy a finish as you will see from Mario Mandzukic after a fine build-up - but Bayern Munich will take it all day long. Their elated fans break into a chorus of the old England Euro 96 anthem "Football's Coming Home"."

  49. 2123: 
    Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    As it stands then even a 2-0 win at the Allianz in the second leg would not be good enough for Arsenal. It's looking grim as we enter the last 10 minutes.

    Substitute Mario Gomez almost gets a fourth for Bayern but puts his shot from the angle over the top.

  50. 2122:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich

    "That's almost comical, the way it ended up in the net. It was great play by Bayern in the first place, but Philipp Lahm had acres of space. If he can run 75 yards, why can't Cazorla to track back? A delightful ball across the goal, though. Exceptional cross."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  51. 2121: 

    Crystal Palace and Watford are keeping pace with the top two in the Championship, leading 1-0 against Bristol City and 2-0 against Ipswich respectively. Peterborough should move off the foot of the table tonight having gone 4-1 up at Millwall.

  52. 2119: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich - Mario Mandzukic (77 mins)

    There are more goals in this...

    Mario Mandzukic starts the move with some fine hold-up play, he then finds Arjen Robben on the right. Robben runs at his man before teeing up the overlapping Philipp Lahm. He rifles in a cross which is bundled over the line in clumsy fashion by a combo of Mandzukic's ankles and Bacary Sagna's toes. They all count.

  53. 2117:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    "Munich are susceptible when you run at them and put them under pressure. Maybe the reason they haven't conceded goals is that they've been allowed to attack, attack, attack, as Barcelona do sometimes."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  54. 2117: 
    Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Arjen Robben whips in a peach of a cross from the right but for once Per Mertesacker stands his ground to clear with a fine header.

    Into the last 15 minutes. More goals in this?

  55. 2116: 

    Joel Pennington: "What would this game be like with RVP, Fabregas, Nasri, Adebayor and Clichy starting for Arsenal?"

    Tom Sparkes: "Arsenal have obviously been told to be more physical but all they're doing is gathering yellow cards."

    Chris Hill: "If English football had a few more Jack Wilsheres we might actually win something! What a talent."

  56. 2114: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Talk about instant impact as Theo Walcott crosses from the right for Olivier Giroud to smash in a shot on the bounce but Manuel Neuer makes a sprawling stop. Was that the chance?

  57. 2114: 

    Chris, Bolton on text: "Arsenal should be piling on the pressure. Instead they seem content in giving the ball away."

    Jack, Canterbury on text: "Aaron Ramsey. if Anne Robinson was in charge of Arsenal she would have said goodbye to you a long time ago."

    Tom, Worcester on text: "Is that Robben or Robin that has just come on? Tights! Really?"

  58. 2113: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Arsenal make their first changes as Tomas Rosicky and Olivier Giroud come on in place of Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski.

  59. 2112: 

    Swindon look unfazed by the departure of Paulo Di Canio, and as it stands will end the night top of League One after taking the lead away to Tranmere. Oldham are leading away at Stevenage after scoring twice since half-time.

    In League Two, AFC Wimbledon have belied their status as the league's bottom club to lead Northampton Town while Rotherham United are 2-0 up away to Bristol Rovers and could move into the automatic promotion places.

  60. 2111: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    I think Arsenal always miss Robin van Persie don't they? Good stuff from Lukas Podolski though, cutting inside his man on the left and shooting low but a Bayern boot turns it away.

    There are 20 minutes left. Twenty minutes for the Gunners to find another goal. Or two...

  61. 2111:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal have got to be careful because they still look susceptible when Bayern go forward. But this is better. Arsenal are playing with more tempo.

    "Bayern were rattled by the fact that Neuer made a mistake. Schweinsteiger hasn't been on the ball, Martinez has given it away a couple of times, but Arsenal need to take advantage. This is where they miss Robin van Persie."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  62. 2109: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    The cards are racking up - Aaron Ramsey is shown yellow for nipping the heels of Thomas Mueller. Bayern having more of the play again now.

  63. 2109: 

    Mike, Manchester on text: "I don't think Bayern are anywhere near the level of Barcelona or Madrid, been made to look good by a poor Arsenal side."

    Alex, London on text: "Whatever defensive ailment Arsenal have, it must be contagious."

    Ben, Essex on text: "Had Bayern scored from a 'non corner' we wouldn't be hearing the end of it. Poor decision. More proof that the official behind the goal is just there to make up the numbers."

  64. 2107: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Still no changes in the Arsenal side and Arjen Robben is already having a strop. In his defence he would have been clear in on goal had Toni Kroos played the pass earlier. The Dutch winger has lost none of his fire it seems. Lukas Podolski then goes in the book for a clash with Robben.

  65. 2106: 

    Marseille midfielder Joey Barton, on loan from QPR: "Arsenal players and fans having a right go here. Something I thought was beyond them both... #prawnsarnies"

  66. 2106: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Franck Ribery's race is run, as he is replaced by a familiar face, or familiar bald head anyway. It's Arjen Robben on for the last 25 minutes.

  67. 2104: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Arsenal haven't learned their lesson as they fail to close down Toni Kroos and he whips in a stinging drive which Wojciech Szczesny has to turn away. Javi Martinez then heads over the bar from the corner. Neither side can defend those it seems.

  68. 2104: 

    In the Championship, with Cardiff behind at home to Brighton, Hull have a chance to close the gap and Gedo's third goal in three games has given the Tigers the lead against Blackburn Rovers. It looks like a rampant Forest will give Billy Davies his first win since returning to the City Ground, they are 5-1 up at home to Huddersfield.

  69. 2103:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal's supporters have never wavered in their backing tonight - and that goal is their reward. Suddenly there is hope inside the Emirates."

  70. 2103: 

    Gavin Scott: "Neuer doing his best Fabianski impression there. Well Arsenal let's see what you've got."

    Richard Jolly: "England 0-3 Germany among the scorers."

    Kanayo Umeogu: "How did Neuer keep so many clean sheets? No corners in the Bundesliga?"

  71. 2102: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    Bayern look a tad rattled for the first time all night as Manuel Neuer punches away a cross and Thomas Mueller is then booked for a rash challenge

    Dante then stops Jack Wilshere in his tracks with a cracking tackle.

  72. 2101: 

    Truman, Switzerland on text: "So they are human then.."

    Paul on text: "Unbelievable. First it's not a corner, then it's awful defending from a team that hasn't conceded in open play since November!"

    Oli on text: "Wenger gave the Bayern team a quick lesson in defending corners."

  73. 2100:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

    "You can argue all day it shouldn't have been a corner, but it was awful defending. Everybody expects Manuel Neuer to come for that, and he just stops. Maybe it's a concentration thing, because he's had so little to do - not just tonight, but in their recent games."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Lukas Podolski
  74. 2059: 
    GOAL- Porto 1-0 Malaga - Joao Moutinho (56 mins)

    Porto get the lead their pressure just about deserves as Fernando, skipping down the left, whips in a fabulous low cross which Joao Moutinho coolly side-foots beyond Willy.

  75. 2057: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich - Lukas Podolski (55 mins)

    That turns out to be a huge stroke of luck! Bayern Munich concede for the first time in 664 minutes, and the first time in 2013, thanks to old boy Lukas Podolski. It's a horrid goal as well. Not a corner to start with, and then no defending to speak of as Jack Wilshere's corner is left by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Podolski is free to nod into the net. Game on!

    Lukas Podolski
  76. 2056: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    This is as near to a close graphic as I can muster for Arsenal to be honest. Santi Cazorla has a shy from 30 yards, it hits Lukas Podolski on the back but the officials give a corner for some reason. A stroke of luck!

  77. 2054: 
    CLOSE!- Porto 0-0 Malaga

    Big chance for Porto as Marat Izmailov stretches to reach a teasing cross from the left but he steers it wide of the far post. A foot or so away.

  78. 2053:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "Somebody needs to ask Arsene Wenger: What was his team talk at half-time? Arsenal have come out for the second half and are playing exactly the same way. They are dropping off and letting Bayern have the ball."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  79. 2051: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    As Mike Ingham says there, Bastian Schweinsteiger may be happy to sit out the second leg of this one through suspension. In that case, Dante and Javi Martinez, the other two Bayern men on a yellow, could go in the book soon. Or is that too cynical?

  80. 2051: 

    Mark, Plymouth on text: C'mon you Arsenal doubters, remember Reading! No?"

    Owen on text: "Seeing so many messages about this Arsenal team lacking leadership except for Wilshere. He isn't playing any better or showing any more leadership than the others, take off the tinted specs!"

    Jamie, London on text: "If Wenger was Kroos before, he has a Neuer reason to be now. Bayern are Robben Arsenal of possession and a-Lahm bells should be ringing."

  81. 2050: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Bacary Sagna leads a charge down the right for Arsenal but not for the first time the move breaks down 30 yards from the Bayern goal. There's a reason why Bayern are yet to concede a goal this year.

  82. 2049:  
    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in MinskArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "No idea what Belarusian TV commentator is saying, but he just started laughing when a stat about Koscielny having best passing rate came up."

  83. 2048:  
    Mike Ingham, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "We've just heard it was Bastian Schweinsteiger and not Thomas Mueller who was booked in the first half, so he will miss the second leg. But as it turns out, that might work to Schweinsteiger's advantage, because he will get a suspension out of the way."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  84. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    There are no half-time changes at the Emirates as Arsenal attempt to salvage something from this one.

  85. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Porto 0-0 Malaga

    Back in play in Portugal...

  86. 2046: 

    Alex, Kent on text: "Looks like Arsene was right, a new contract definitely isn't on the table.."

    Graham on text: "As good as Bayern look at half time, Arsenal are looking like what they are, a mid Premier League team."

    Matt, Lytham on text: "Bayern at the moment have the eye of the Schweinsteiger."

  87. 2046: 

    Stoke striker Michael Owen: "In hindsight, Arsenal had very little chance of winning the Champions League but a good chance of winning the FA Cup. With that in mind, should they have played their strongest 11 v Blackburn and rested those who needed resting against Munich?

    "Probably not, but it does make you think. As it is, they are now out of both. I think the answer is probably to play your strongest team in both."

    Marseille midfielder Joey Barton, on loan from QPR: "Arsenal of old would have gotten right amongst Bayern tonight. This team just doesn't have the nastiness needed to win things.

    "For all the flair, pace, skill and technique, you can't beat a bit of old fashioned aggression."

  88. 2044: 

    Let's try and stay positive now. Arsenal were 2-0 down to Liverpool the other week and came back to draw. Remember? No? Oh ok then...

  89. 2040: 

    Oliver Michaelson: "It's ok Arsenal, Munich might put on Robben and Gomez in the second half."

    Richard McLernon: "So Arsenal are losing 2-0 to arguably the best team in the world right now and that makes Wenger a bad manager?"

    Adam G Bull: "Bayern are having Arsenal for breakfast. More specifically, a Mueller Corner."

  90. 2040: 

    Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest fell behind to Huddersfield early on, but they have turned it around in fine style to lead 4-1 at the break. Championship leaders Cardiff City have fallen behind at home to Brighton just before the break, and the other end of the table Peterborough have gone ahead twice and lead 2-1 at Millwall. Wolves lead Barnsley, giving Dean Saunders hope of his first win since taking over at Molineux.

  91. 2038: 

    In Scotland, Celtic are on course for another win, with Efe Ambrose continuing his rehabilitation from his Champions League nightmare by scoring the only goal at St Johnstone. In the other game, Dundee United lead Motherwell.

    You can follow the latest in our Scottish live text.

  92. 2037:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "It's men against boys. Arsene Wenger has a serious team talk to make. As a team, Arsenal have almost got to go man for man all over the pitch - they have to stay with their man and work harder. At the moment, they are getting outplayed."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Arsene Wenger
  93. 2037: 

    Alfie on text: "Big team talk needed by Wenger. Defining second half to come. COYG."

    Nick, Watford on text: "This is the culmination of Arsene's rebuilding since the Invincibles? THIS? The team has no heart or drive. Nobody who can take the game by the scruff of the neck. Wilshere aside, this team aren't fit to lace the Invincible's boots."

    Julian, Tiverton on text: "I'm afraid Arsenal need a whole new defence, I've seen better defending from Saturday afternoon pub sides."

  94. 2036: 

    Only one goal in the two games in League One, with Stevenage leading Oldham while it is 0-0 between Tranmere and Swindon, either of which would go top if they win tonight.

    AFC Wimbledon's home game against Northampton Town in League Two started 20 minutes late due to floodlight failure, but the hosts have taken the lead against the Cobblers.

  95. 2035: 

    Sanele: "Ramsey off! Giroud into the middle, Walcott to the right challenging Alaba for pace with Sagna. Now Arsene!"

    Mark Catchlove: "The hacks are warming up their questioning skills for the press conference - fireworks over the Emirates?"

    Farooq: "Arsenal getting schooled here. Can't see anyway back for them."

  96. 2034: 

    The ball is in your court then Arsene Wenger. The mother of all half-time team-talks coming up. Who can he bring on? Who would you bring on?Abou Diaby to get in their faces in midfield? Olivier Giroud to try and hold the ball up? Or are we clutching at some very wrong straws?

  97. 2032:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are looking at the end of their Champions League hopes after only 45 minutes here against Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga leaders pounced on Arsenal's fragile confidence in those opening 20 minutes. Is there any way back?"

  98. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich
  99. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Porto 0-0 Malaga
  100. 2030: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    This is so, so easy for Bayern Munich. Philipp Lahm carries the ball down the right, he is invited to cross the ball and he obliges, putting it on the forehead of Mario Mandzukic - completely unmarked - and the Croatian flashes a header inches wide of the far corner. That could and perhaps should have been three.

  101. 2028:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "Munich are doing everything right. At the moment, Arsenal cannot live with them. Walcott on his own up front isn't working. He doesn't look comfortable with his back to goal and Wenger has to do something about it."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  102. 2026: 

    Nick, Reading on text: "Wouldn't write off Arsenal just yet. Bayern haven't exactly dominated possession for the last 15 minutes. Plenty of time left."

    Josh on text: "Plainly obvious that Jack Wilshire is a far better player coming from deep, looks frustrated at how little he has had the ball."

    Chris, Bristol on text: Ref Seb 19:56 The Malaga GK is Wilfredo Caballero.

  103. 2025: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Into the last five minutes of the half then. What can Arsenal do to lift it?

  104. 2025: 

    Gary Lineker: "Hmmm. This could get embarrassing for Arsenal."

    Jack Whitehall: "That German that keeps threading the ball to the feet of the Bayern strikers is amazing. Oh wait that's Mertesacker. Oh dear."

    Danny Baker: "ITV: 'Arsenal just need a break, one good thing to happen.' I know mate but how often do floodlights fail?"

  105. 2021: 
    Porto 0-0 Malaga

    There's been precious little to get excited about but Porto have looked the most likely. Malaga look content to soak up the pressure and hit on the break. Playing for a draw maybe?

  106. 2021: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Bastian Schweinsteiger is the latest man to see yellow - and that is significant as he will miss the second leg now.

  107. 2020: 

    Femi Ogunbodede: "Why exactly is Jupp Heynckes stepping down? Can't believe I'd ever say this, but those are some pretty big boots for Pep Guardiola to fill."

    Zachary Fox: "Bayern are making Arsenal look like a Sunday League side. Premier League = the best in the world? Not quite."

    Tim Milton: "Arsenal getting Mueller-ed whilst Bayern are Kroos-ing."

  108. 2020:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "Jupp Heynckes is relaxed with hands in pockets as he stands close to the action. Arsene Wenger has retreated to his technical area knowing Arsenal have been hit by a devastating early burst from Bayern Munich. The nightmare scenario for the Gunners."

  109. 2019: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Almost a sniff of a chance from a rare Arsenal set-piece as Per Mertesacker threatens a shot on the bounce but he is smothered by the Bayern backline and his effort is blocked. There are 10 minutes left of the first half. Arsenal have to find something.

  110. 2017: 

    Dan, London on text: "What will be the greater number? Bayern goals scored or Arsenal players sent off? Both are going about it in a positive manner."

    Adam, Yorkshire on text: "Very likely that this will be Arsenal's last CL home game for a good few years."

    Harry, Nottingham on text: "This time Arsene, there really can be no excuses. This is arguably Arsenal's best team and they lack fight, belief and shape. Arsene out, someone who can actually motivate, in."

  111. 2017: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich
    Bayern Munich

    It's eerily quiet for a Champions League knockout tie. You just feel that a shot, a penalty appeal, anything is needed for this Arsenal crowd and team to get some belief.

  112. 2015:  
    Conor McNamara, BBC commentator

    "Anyone still asking why Pep chose Bayern?"

  113. 2015:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "You can see that Bayern are incredibly confident because of their current form, but there's also a huge togetherness. Every time a Bayern player hunts someone down, there's a team-mate backing him up. They're a team as well as a group of great individuals.

    "I almost feel sorry for Arsenal, because there's nothing they can do. Bayern are simply better at the moment."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  114. 2013: 

    Luke Jones: "Out the FA and League Cups, out the title race and now, after just 20 minutes out of 180 out of Europe. Wenger may be out soon."

    Timo Burbidge: "I'm not sad or upset because we are losing 2-0. I'm sad and upset because this is our last Champions League home game for a long time."

    David Morris: "This is an Arsenal side, with the exception of Wilshere, devoid of all leadership. Nobody is talking or rallying the players."

  115. 2012: 
    Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    It's hard to believe we are only a quarter of the way through this two-legged tie. Arsenal look beaten already as Bayern spray the ball around at will. They are having a party with the ball, and nobody has invited the Arsenal midfield.

  116. 2010: 

    They may be doing well in the FA Cup, but Oldham's League One form is still a problem and they have fallen behind early away to Stevenage.

    No goals in League Two's three games, where Wimbledon v Northampton has now kicked off late because of a power cut.

  117. 2010: 

    Will on text: "Game. Set. Match. Tie. Season. Wenger."

    Paul, London on text: "Arsenal are absolutely stuffed here, they only had a chance if they scored an early goal and Bayern didn't turn up."

    Jimmy on text: "I feel bad watching this, even as a Chelsea fan."

  118. 2010:  
    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "Is this really the Emirates? It feels like the Allianz Arena. Bayern are so dominant, it's embarrassing.

    "Bayern are beating Arsenal in every area of the pitch. And a few Arsenal players are losing their heads."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  119. 2009: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Mikel Arteta is next in the book with another ragged challenge. Arsenal are all at sea.

  120. 2009: 

    Peterborough were first off the mark in the Championship, Lee Tomlin scoring after just even minutes away to Millwall to give Posh fans hope of moving off the foot of the table before James Henry's equaliser. Bjorn Sigurdarson was not too far behind for Wolves at fellow-strugglers Barnsley, while James Vaughan has given Huddersfield the lead after 10 minutes away to Nottingham Forest.

  121. 2008: 
    CLOSE!- Porto 0-0 Malaga

    Porto have enjoyed the majority of the possession so far and the home team went oh so close to breaking the deadlock. Silvestre Varela rose above everyone to make contact with Joao Moutinho's corner - but the forward's low header skimmed across goal, missing the far corner by inches.

  122. 2008: 

    Jamie Telkman: "Arsenal are far too narrow with Cazorla on the right, it's dragging Walcott out and leaving him with no support from Podolski."

    Ryan Mould: "Poor defending, poor tackling, no pressing, can't cross, can't shoot, never take chances. Do Arsenal think they stand a chance."

    Ryan Keen: "Have Arsenal forgotten how to press and man mark?"

  123. 2008:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    "It's been all Bayern so far, and Arsenal's defensive problems came to the fore there. Nobody reacts when the ball comes back off the keeper, and Mueller is unmarked a yard out."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Thomas Mueller
  124. 2007: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

    Bacary Sagna has his pocket picked in midfield and puts in a desperate lunge on Toni Kroos which earns him a booking. Not what you need with Franck Ribery on your wing.

  125. 2005: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich - Thomas Mueller (21 mins)

    Franck Ribery plays a pass so good that it baffled me at first, but his crossfield pass eventually finds the arriving Philipp Lahm. His cross is blocked and Bayern score from the corner.

    Wojciech Szczesny keeps out Daniel van Buyten's header, but he can only tip the ball into the air and Thomas Mueller stabs in from two yards out. A huge ask for the Gunners now.

    Thomas Mueller
  126. 2004: 

    Harry, Birmingham on text: This is now a true test of that fabled 'spirit' Wenger constantly alludes to."

    Nick, York on text: "Oh dear! Disaster for the Gunners. Hear Swindon are on the look out for new coach.."

    Nick, Beaconsfield on text: "Arsenal not great in cups against 'B' teams - Bradford, Blackburn, Bayern and, of course Barcelona. They're B-hind again."

  127. 2001: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich
    Bayern Munich fans

    Franck Ribery is drifting all over the field, causing the Arsenal defence problems as we approach the 20-minute mark. The Bayern fans are loving it - as they have been all season.

  128. 2001:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich

    "What I like about Bayern Munich is that they are a real team. They hunt in packs when they chase opponents down, and they do exactly the same when they attack. They all seem to know exactly what each team-mate is going to do before it happens."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  129. 2000: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich

    Another slack touch in midfield is picked off by Bayern, and Thomas Vermaelen is booked sliding into Javi Martinez as he tries to rescue the situation. Free-kick in a dangerous area - but Bastian Schweinsteiger's effort is deflected away.

  130. 1959: 

    Piers Morgan: "Took Ramsey eight minutes to mess it up. Quite good by his standards."

    Paul Humphreys: "Arsenal make enough mistakes, they don't need lucky crosses to go to quality players!"

    Christopher Jones: "You've got to respond soon, Arsenal. Otherwise this could get very ugly."

    Derrick Roberts: "I'm at a taxi rank. Shall I send one for Wenger?"

  131. 1957: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich

    Theo Walcott has shown enough in the opening minutes to give Arsenal hope. He embarks on a jinking run, twisting the blood of Philipp Lahm, but the move dies down as he finds Bacary Sagna out on the right. As you'd expect, Bayern look slick on the ball.

  132. 1956: 

    Hamzah, Leamington Spa on text: "Looks like Bayern are going to be in Kroos control. Come on Munchen!"

    Seb, Ravenswood on text: "Can you shine any light on the Malaga goalkeeper this evening? Is "Willy" a nickname, or was he born in the Scottish Highlands?"

  133. 1955: 
    Arsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich

    Now then, this is a test for Arsenal. Toni Kroos skips through a number of challenges with ease before he is ditched by Per Mertesacker. Daniel van Buyten lines up the free-kick but his ambitious long-range effort cannons into the wall.

  134. 1955:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich

    "Arsene Wenger moved to the touchline and clapped his hands furiously to encourage his team after that strike from Toni Kroos. The Emirates went silent for a moment - except for those thousands of travelling Bayern Munich fans."

  135. 1954:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich

    "Well it's a very good strike. Kroos hits it into the ground, and that gives Szczesny no chance. But Bayern got lucky. It's a poor cross, it was a complete mis-hit, Arteta missed it, but a very, very good finish from Kroos. That's a disastrous start for Arsenal."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Toni Kroos
  136. 1952: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-1 Bayern Munich - Toni Kroos (7 mins)

    I've been reading plenty of talk that Toni Kroos has been the outstanding player in the Bundelsiga this year, and the midfielder takes less than 10 minutes to put Bayern ahead. Thomas Mueller crosses from the right, Per Mertesacker is slow to react and Kroos controls his strike superbly, hitting the ball on the bounce into the turf and past Wojciech Szczesny from 18 yards.

    Toni Kroos
  137. 1950: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Bayern Munich

    Santi Cazorla is wide right, with Lukas Podolski on the left and Aaron Ramsey in the centre. Theo Walcott looks dangerous in the early stages as he gets in behind the Bayern defence and his cross is dealt with.

    Bayern then attack smartly down their right but Wojciech Szczesny is lively to it and picks the ball up well.

  138. 1950:  
    Mike Ingham, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Bayern Munich

    "Santi Cazorla is in a position we haven't really seen him at Arsenal. We normally see him in the hole, but tonight he looks to be playing on the right-hand side."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  139. 1949: 
    CLOSE!- Porto 0-0 Malaga

    First chance at the Estadio do Dragao as Porto's midfielder Marat Izmailov jinks into space 25 yards from goal and drives in a low shot which is well held by Malaga's goalkeeper Willy. Steady.

  140. 1948:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Bayern Munich

    "It was very interesting listening to Sir Bob Wilson, the counsel for the defence, a little earlier, regarding Arsene Wenger.

    "The problem for Arsenal is that since David Dein left, there has been no transparency within the club, and no communication with the fans. That's how you get speculation and that's how you get rumours."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  141. 1947: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Bayern Munich

    As Danny Mills says, it's Theo Walcott up front on his own. And Arsenal spring Santi Cazolra clear down the right, he has two men in the middle but fails to find either. Half a chance that.

  142. 1947:  
    Danny Mills, BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal's team shape almost looks like a 4-1-4-1. It looks as if Arteta's going to sit in front of the back four."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  143. 1946:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal 0-0 Bayern Munich

    "Arsenal's supporters noisily united behind their team as the game gets under way. Arsene Wenger already out in his technical area."

  144. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Flares are off in the away end but Arsene Wenger is smiling - and we have kicked off. Also game on in Porto.

  145. 1940: 

    The teams are in the tunnel at the Emirates, with Gunners defender Per Mertesacker dishing out the handshakes and hugs to his German compatriots. Philipp Lahm gives away a good foot-and-a-half there. Here they go, out on to the pitch.

  146. 1940: 

    Martin Robertson: "I've just got this feeling about tonight. 3-1 to the Arsenal. You heard it here first."

    Sabeeh Rehman: "Supporting Arsenal for the night. Wenger needs this badly. Do what no other team has been able to do - score against Bayern in 2013."

    Daniel Murgatroyd: "Sat with a leftover Christmas bottle of bucks fizz for the game hope it's drunk in celebration rather than the drowning of sorrows."

  147. 1937:  
    Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live at the EmiratesArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    "I think Arsenal's team selection shows an acceptance that they are going to concede an awful lot of possession. It's a line-up designed to pack out the midfield, with Walcott up front on his own.

    "It's a big night for Theo Walcott. I'm not sure he's ready ready to play up front on his own - and if that ball keeps coming back, Arsenal are going to be under a lot of pressure."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  148. 1934: 
    ZIP IT
    Arsene Wenger

    A little side-show to most of Arsenal's recent games has been the will-he, won't-he question of Arsene Wenger's coat. The Frenchman has been in all sorts of trouble with the zip on his winter jacket of late. Has he got it sorted before tonight's big game?

  149. 1932: 

    Rupert Upshon: "Wilshere to run the show. Walcott to silence the critics. Defence to man up! 1-0 to the Arsenal."

    Melanie Hazlehurst: "They can win if Arsene picks the right team! Unlike the weekend in the FA Cup!"

    Paul Grimes: "Prediction 2-0 Bayern, Mueller to bag both goals!"

  150. 1931: 

    Forget the glitz and glamour of the Champions League - in League Two, Northampton's game at AFC Wimbledon has been put back to a 2000 kick-off after a power cut at Kingsmeadow.

  151. 1931: 

    Shaun, Chelsea fan in London on text: "Sadly just re-read BBC updates from 19th May 2012 to remind myself just how wonderful the Champions League is. Ended far too early this season, so Arsenal fans enjoy the ride and hope for the best. You'll miss it when it's gone."

    Stephen on text: "If Ferguson had given that conference the press would have called it 'mind games'."

  152. 1929: 
    Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger has made multiple changes to his side tonight, but Bayern Munich had an extra day's rest after their league game was moved to Friday night. They beat Wolfsburg 2-0 to go temporarily 18 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. Their only change from the side which started that game has seen Javi Martinez come in - the most expensive signing ever in the German league.

  153. 1928: 

    Lee Varvel: "Arsenal fans expecting to replicate Chelsea's result against Munich are forgetting two key things, a solid defence and Drogba."

    Greg Coles: "Why Wenger never starts The Ox, I will never know!"

    Henry Walmsley: "Could be one of those 'I was there' games, oh no wait, I've just looked at the team sheets. Good luck Arsenal..."

  154. 1928: 
    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    "From day one to now, I know - because I coached alongside him - that Arsene puts his heart and soul into this football club, and there's no doubt he's a very intelligent man.

    "There has to be a time when he says: 'Is this beyond me? At the age I am, am I really prepared to take the criticism, flak and frankly disrespect that I have been shown?'"

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  155. 1927: 

    Fifteen minutes to go until kick-off then. Where will this Arsenal game be won and lost?

  156. 1925: 

    Gervinho is not in the matchday squad tonight so he can't take on the Andrey Arshavin role. Maybe Tomas Rosicky...?

  157. 1924: 

    Dan, Malvern on text: "Wenger produced the greatest feat ever seen in the Premier League with the Invincibles. And since then it has hung above his head like the Sword of Damocles. Let's all take a step back and remember that this is a man whose name will be written in the football history books, shall we? In Arsene, I trust. So should you."

    Stuart, London on text: "Van Buyten vs Mertesacker. Two of the slowest CBs in the game. Wonder which side will exploit the other better?"

    Matt, Bicketrton on text: "I'm quietly confident we'll have another game like the one against Barcelona a couple of seasons ago, with a late winner from someone a little out of favour. Arshavin back then, maybe it's time for Gervinho to step up?"

  158. 1920: 
    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson on BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    "Obviously Arsene sounded very tetchy. I'm sure if he listened back to that press conference, he would regret the way he conducted it. But I would like to put a couple of things straight. With the contract situation, I've checked with the press office, He was trying to say there was a story in the national papers yesterday, and not one corporation checked it out with the press office. The truth is that story is not true.

    "I didn't like what I heard today. Every half-hour on my drive here, I've heard Stewart Robson quoted criticising Arsene. Stewart is a guy who worked here, and is obviously a bitter guy because he's no longer got employment here. You have to take into account why Arsene is feeling like he is."

    You can listen to commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

  159. 1918: 

    Aaron Ramsey has been seen wide right in midfield at times this season. Maybe he'll start out there. Bacary Sagna is going to need help up against Franck Ribery...

  160. 1915: 

    David, London on text: "What's the formation with Ramsey? Cazorla on the wing? Surely he won't revert to 4-4-2 with Podolski and Walcott up front?! Excited."

    Jack, Norwich on text: "Dante and Van Buyten aren't the quickest. Can definitely see Walcott getting some joy through the middle in one-on-ones and over the top...with the right service."

    Euan, Glasgow: "Never seen English footy fans so pessimistic ahead of a big match! This is like the lead up to Scottish World Cup qualifier."

  161. 1915:  
    Alan Green, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    "What feels different to me is how Arsene Wenger reacted yesterday. I don't know if there's any truth in the business of a two-year contract. Probably not. But he became so tetchy and angry, and that's so unlike him. That's enough to tell me something is wrong.

    "He's feeling pressure. It's a recognition there are a growing number of Arsenal fans questioning what is going on."

  162. 1909: 

    Interesting point Rob Davison. Both teams have a hulking centre-half in their ranks, with Per Mertesacker and Daniel van Buyten set for battle at every set-piece. Not to mention Mario Mandzukic - who has done the business since joining Bayern after the Euros.

  163. 1909: 

    Rob Davison: "Looking at Bayern's team, I see speedy Walcott up against slow Van Buyten as a potential vital battle."

    Michael Drukker: "So I've heard some pundits say Arsenal can win the midfield battle. Have they not seen Bayern's team?"

    Andrew Priestley: "A ticket for The Emirates tonight is £94. You can get a Bayern Munich season ticket for £96. I know which one I would choose!"

  164. 1909: 

    SPL leaders Celtic can go 21 points clear with a win at St Johnstone tonight. More importantly, James McFadden may make his return in a Motherwell shirt.

    You can follow the latest in our Scottish live text commentary.

  165. 1905: 
    Pep Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola has wisely kept a low profile since last month's announcement that the 42-year-old will take over as Bayern Munich manager in the summer.

    German football writer Raphael Honigstein says that questions remain unanswered about the impending arrival of Guardiola - who has been quite brilliantly dubbed as "the Phantom of Central Park" by German media as he continues his sabbatical in New York.

    He's going to be inherting a decent side isn't he?

  166. 1903: 

    Louis, London on text: "Being an optimistic Arsenal fan, seeing those rested and starting for Bayern, I think Arsenal are going to be Thomas Muellered tonight!"

    Nick, Oxford on text: "Never before in my lifetime have I been so pessimistic prior to a Champions League knockout first-leg tie."

    Matt, Hertfordshire on text: "Got to be realistic. There is absolutely no chance that our five error prone defenders won't make several mistakes over 180 minutes. If Bayern are clinical, they'll win."

  167. 1901:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    "Arsenal's ability to blow hot & cold gives a glorious layer of unpredictability to this CL tie, despite the confidence surrounding Bayern."

  168. 1900:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Arsenal defender Lauren on BBC Radio 5 live: "The fans have to believe in the manager.

    "Since Arsene Wenger came to Arsenal he has done a lot for the club and won lots of trophies. We have so much criticism that sometimes you don't se the bigger picture. His record at Arsenal is fantastic. The club has improved in many ways.

    "They have a fantastic training ground and new stadium and the team always play in the Champions League. Despite losing to Blackburn the team is going to respond well. The whole team will be desperate to beat Bayern."

    You can listen to build-up of Arsenal v Bayern on Radio 5 live now.

  169. 1859: 
    LINE-UPS- Porto v Malaga (1945 GMT)

    FC Porto: Helton, Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro, Gonzalez, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Izmailov, Martinez, Varela. Subs: Fabiano, Maicon, Andre Castro, Rodriguez, Liedson, Atsu, Seba.

    Malaga: Willy, Sergio Sanchez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes, Toulalan, Iturra, Joaquin, Isco, Julio Baptista, Santa Cruz. Subs: Kameni, Lugano, Camacho, Saviola, Piazon, Duda, Francisco Portillo.

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

  170. 1859: 

    Ehsan Khan: "If there's any time Wenger had to prove his critics wrong, it's tonight!"

    Andy James: "No, I don't think Arsenal will knock out Bayern. Arteta is thinking: 'Why don't you leave? you've lost the plot.' Wenger needs to go."

    Richard McDonald: "Wilshere is the heart of that Arsenal team - he's the only chance they've got!"

  171. 1858: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Porto v Malaga (1945 GMT)

    Former Premier League men Julio Baptista and Roque Santa Cruz start in attack for Malaga, with Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon on the bench.

  172. 1858: 
    Porto v Malaga (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis reports: "Malaga have made playing in the Champions League seem easy. The Spaniards went through Group C unbeaten, finishing ahead of AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht, in what is their debut season in the competition. All eyes will be on Isco to see whether the 20-year-old playmaker can impose himself against a Porto side who have also impressed. There are stats to back up that last claim: The Portuguese are unbeaten in 19 games and top the Primeira Liga."

  173. 1857:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    "Arsenal's attempt to win their first trophy since 2005 comes down to this - the Champions League. And they must try to reach the last eight by overcoming the damage to their confidence caused by the shock FA Cup defeat to Championship Blackburn and one of European football's genuine superpowers, last season's beaten finalists Bayern Munich. Manager Arsene Wenger retains public faith in his players. It will be tested to the full tonight."

  174. 1857: 

    Liam, Newbiggin-by-the-sea on text: "As a Newcastle fan, I find the treatment of Wenger absolutely reprehensible. How many other managers would achieve such consistent success by finishing top four despite the ridiculously uneven playing field provided by the moneybags clubs of Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd? Ungrateful much?"

    Graham on text: "If Arsenal come away with a draw or a one goal deficit defeat, it will be a good result. I see Bayern winning by two clear goals. Could be the end for Wenger."

    Yusuf, Manchester: "Ref 18:46 Easy. We had Rafa Benitez."

  175. 1855: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott. Subs: Mannone, Diaby, Rosicky, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Jenkinson.

    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba, Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Kroos, Ribery, Mandzukic. Subs: Starke, Robben, Shaqiri, Rafinha, Gustavo, Gomez, Tymoschuk.

    Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

  176. 1855: 

    Batmanu Eboue: "I'm willing to bet my house on an Arsenal win tonight. Wilshere will destroy their midfield!"

    Ranjeesh: "Ramsey starting? Well... Its going to be a case of how many then...."

    Adam Nash: "Too many stats making Bayern sound invincible. Arsenal to grab a win tonight, but get knocked out in Munich."

  177. 1853: 

    It looks like Theo Walcott has got his wish and will be starting through the middle tonight then.

    Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla, Dante, Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all one booking away from a suspension so will have to tread carefully.

  178. 1852: 

    First place in League One is up for grabs tonight, as a winner in the game between Tranmere and managerless Swindon will move ahead of current leaders Bournemouth. A draw, and the Cherries will stay on top. Further down the table, Oldham can move out of the relegation zone if they can win at Stevenage.

    In League Two, Rotherham will move into third if they can win at Bristol Rovers, but if they slip up and Northampton win at lowly AFC Wimbledon, Aidy Boothroyd's Cobblers will be into the automatic promotion spots.

  179. 1851: 

    Scottie Elliott: "Let's not forget that we beat Milan last year at home and Barcelona the year before that!! Come on you Reds!!!"

    Johnny Magrinho: "Bayern to win the Champions League this year. Will pave the way for them to win it back to back with Pep in charge next season."

    Mowgli: "Bayern Munich unbeaten since October 2012, Arsenal since Sunday."

  180. 1850: 
    BREAKING BAYERN TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Mario Mandzukic gets the nod to start up front for Bayern Munich, leaving Mario Gomez to warm the bench alongside Arjen Robben.

    Javi Martinez, Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos do all start.

  181. 1848: 

    Andy, Warwick on text: "Re Xavier 18:25: I assume you meant the Bayern team? Struggling to see more than one or two match winners for Arsenal."

    Ben on text: "Tonight isn't about Wenger ins or Wenger outs, its about one thing - the Arsenal. Come on you Gunners!"

  182. 1847: 
    BREAKING ARSENAL TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Thomas Vermaelen appears to be starting at left-back for Arsenal, and there are starts for Aaron Ramsey, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott. There's no Olivier Giroud.

  183. 1846: 

    Ah Igor Biscan. How did that Liverpool team win in Istanbul?

  184. 1845: 

    Can Arsenal beat Bayern?

    Len Buchanan: "Liverpool beat Juventus 2-1 in 2005 with Biscan, Le Tallec, Traore and Baros in the side. Anything can happen."

    Michael Hakim Byrne: "If Arsenal are to beat Bayern, Podolski will be a massive asset. He has played against basically Bayern's whole team many times."

    Dom Hampton: "If Blackburn can win against the odds, so can Arsenal. Just hope Saturday was a wake up call!"

  185. 1842: 

    We should have breaking team news from the Arsenal game any minute now...

  186. 1842: 

    Nearly a full fixture programme in the Championship tonight, only Leeds & Blackpool are not in action and they face each other tomorrow night. Clear leaders Cardiff host Brighton, who could do with a win to keep in touch with the play-off places. Second-placed Hull are at home to Blackburn, who will want to keep their momentum from that famous FA Cup win at Arsenal to maintain their push for the play-offs.

    At the other end of the table, in-form Barnsley will look to climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of Wolves, who are one place above them.

  187. 1841: 

    Some bad news for any fans travelling to the Emirates tonight, as Arsenal have just tweeted that "there are severe transport issues on Peterborough/King's Cross line. Coaches are replacing some train services."

    Good luck with that...

  188. 1838: 

    Brent, London on text: "Of course we can do it, Bayern are fearsome but two years ago we beat Barca when no one gave us a chance. Theo, Santi, Jack and Poldi to bring us through."

    Jacob, London on text: "The only way that Arsenal will have a chance tonight is if they stay fully focussed for the full 90. Against AC Milan we were too hyped about winning, a mistake to be learnt from. Not conceding a goal will be precious but that will be difficult against this ultra-attacking Munich side."

    Simon on text: "Just arrived back from two days of meetings in Munich. The taxi drivers there think it will be a walk in the park for Bayern. Come on Gooners."

  189. 1835: 
    Thierry Henry

    Arsenal did beat Bayern Munich the last time the two sides met in London.

    Thierry Henry - who else? - scored the only goal as the Gunners secured a 1-0 win at Highbury in March 2005 but the damage had already been done by a 3-1 defeat in Munich in the first leg.

    In fact, Bayern have never won in the capital of England. An omen?

  190. 1832: 

    Billy Peat: "Wilshere, Walcott and Cazorla are the key to Arsenal breaking down Bayern. A bit of Lady Luck would also do nicely!"

    Haroon Munir: "Munich midfield will dictate the play, with Javi Martinez passing it with ease. Muller to score, Munich to win 0-2."

    Sathya Moorthy: "Heart says Arsenal 3-0; but mind says Bayern 3-0!"

  191. 1830: 
    Lukas Podolski

    Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will know plenty about his opponents tonight. 'Poldi' joined Bayern just before his superb displays for Germany at the 2006 World Cup but it never really happened for him at the Allianz.

    Just 15 goals later, Podolski was on the move back to his former club Cologne. He would love a goal tonight.

  192. 1829: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "3 - Lukas Podolski has scored three goals from three shots on target in the Champions League this season. Efficient."

  193. 1829: 

    Finn, Marlborough on text: "Arsenal can win by sprinting out of the starting blocks. Defence needs to remain flexible, far too many times caught rigid and tight."

    Chris on text: "I like the that in the press conference, Wenger said he wanted to talk about the Bayern game and then proceeded to talk about the Blackburn game.."

    Dave, Arran on text: "Yes, Wenger won four FA Cups and produced the Invincibles. However, whilst he may have 'beaten every team in Europe' it's not resulted in a European trophy and he can't keep living on past glories."

  194. 1826: 

    Until their dismal home defeat by Blackburn on Saturday, Arsenal's season had appeared to have picked up some steam.

    They produced a spell of superb attacking football to thrash West Ham 5-1 last month; rallied from 2-0 down to draw with Liverpool and ground out successive 1-0 wins against Stoke and Sunderland.

    All appeared reasonably rosy. But has that Blackburn defeat hit morale hard?

  195. 1825: 

    Bill Downer: "Wenger would never have got caught up in press conference like that a few seasons back - time to go."

    Xavier Edmonds-Allen: "Strangely optimistic tonight. Five potential matchwinners in the team, Le Professeur in charge, we can do this! Come on you Gunners!"

    Greg Robinson: "Only way Arsenal can win is to play Walcott through the middle."

  196. 1823: 

    I can't recall seeing Arsene Wenger quite so animated before a match. How will it transmit to his players? Or is it good to see him in passionate mood?

  197. 1821: 

    Alex, on his way to the Emirates on text via 81111: "Recently Blackburn and Swansea have left the Emirates with wins. I can't see Arsenal keeping a clean sheet, Either a Bayern blitzing or 3-2 win for Arsenal. Walcott to get the winner."

  198. 1820:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EmiratesArsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger uses his programme notes to illustrate how the disappointment of Saturday's FA Cup defeat against Blackburn Rovers can be transformed into an inspiration when Bayern Munich arrive at The Emirates for tonight's Champions League last 16 first leg tie.

    Wenger writes: "The players were really hurting afterwards but you have to take it on the chin and come back with a strong response. Tonight is the perfect opportunity to do exactly that."

  199. 1818: 

    Bayern have been runners up in two of the last three Champions League finals, while the Gunners' sole run to the showpiece ended in defeat in Paris in 2006.

    Who do you make favourites to reach this year's final?

  200. 1816: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "63.3% - Of the 128 managers to have taken charge of at least 10 CL matches, Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes has the best win percentage (63.3%). Dominant."

  201. 1813: 

    Arsenal fans - step forward. There are some big questions to be sent your way tonight and we want answers.

    Can Arsenal knock out this Bayern side? If so, who are going to be the key men? What was going through Mikel Arteta's mind during that press conference from Arsene Wenger? And what is going through your minds about Arsene Wenger?

    Is his time at the club running out? Or does he remain absolutely the right man to steer the Gunners forward?

    Text us on 81111 (UK Only) - with your names on there - or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

  202. 1812: 

    There's no getting away the fact that Arsene Wenger's pre-match press conference on Monday was extraordinary.

    He railed against several journalists who asked him about stories that he was set to sign a new contract, and also got in a flap about questions regarding his side's defeat to Blackburn.

    "I have won the FA Cup four times, who was won it more? Give me one name," he said, and "No, no, I want to lose the game on Tuesday so you can all be happy."

    If you haven't seen it yet check out the video at the top of this page and elsewhere on the BBC Sport website. Mikel Arteta's face throughout is a picture...

  203. 1810: 

    Arsenal's stand against the might of Munich is very much our main course tonight, but there is plenty else to pick from at this evening's football buffet. You would be contractually obliged to refer to it as 'a good spread.' The games to watch are:

    Arsenal v Bayern Munich (1945 GMT)

    Porto v Malaga (1945 GMT)

    And with 11 games in the Championship and five more in the lower leagues, you should keep an eye on our live scores page.

  204. 1807: 

    Bayern Munich's recent form is simply outstanding. They are unbeaten since October, are 15 points clear of Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, have won their last 11 games in a row and have only conceded in one of those games.

    On paper, Arsenal stand little chance of making the last eight of the Champions League for the seventh time under Arsene Wenger. But we don't play football on paper do we? Otherwise we would all just give Barcelona the Champions League trophy now and have every Tuesday and Wednesday night off for the rest of the season...

  205. 1800: 
    Bayern Munich

    Last May, Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties to win the Champions League at the Allianz Arena.

    Since then, it's fair to say that the German side have been in good touch.

    In all competitions, Bayern have won 32 games this season, drawing four and losing just twice.

    In that run they have scored 105 goals and conceded just 17 for a goal difference of +88. (Eighty-Eight).

    Tonight they take on an Arsenal side who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn at the weekend and whose manager looked rather highly-strung in his pre-match press conference.

    Can the Gunners withstand the Bayern machine?

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