Bayern Munich's ageing stars rolled back the years in a 5-1 victory that leaves Arsenal with no hope of making it through this Champions League tie.
The hosts dominated from the off, but it was a Laurent Koscielny injury in the second-half that sparked Arsenal's collapse.
Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm created several chances early on and it was the Dutchman who opened the scoring with a trademark goal on 11 minutes.
He cut in on from the right, and walloped one into the far left corner, leaving David Ospina no chance in the Arsenal goal.
The hosts looked like they could run away with it from there but, against the run of play Arsenal got a penalty on the half hour mark after Robert Lewandowski's foul on Laurent Koscielny.
While the referee's decision was harsh on Lewandowski, Arsenal knew they had to make the most of it, and they did - just.
Alexis Sanchez's poor effort was saved by Manuel Neuer who parried it back into the Chilean's path. Sanchez fluffed the rebound but was lucky enough to get a third chance and made no mistake that time, passing the ball into the Bayern net under pressure from three defenders.
Bayern 5 Arsenal 1 player ratings
Bayern 5 Arsenal 1 player ratings
1/22 Manuel Neuer – 6 out of 10
Lucky not to be punished when he spilled Ozil’s first-half free-kick. Got down well to Sanchez’s penalty, perhaps should have stopped the rebound.
2/22 Philip Lahm – 7 out of 10
Weighted the cross for Lewandowski’s goal perfectly. Will miss the second leg after picking up a booking.
3/22 Javi Martinez – 7 out of 10
Looked uneasy when Arsenal’s forwards could run at him before the break, but was protected by his team’s dominance of possession afterwards.
4/22 Mats Hummels – 8 out of 10
Assured at the centre of Bayern’s defence, but in truth was rarely troubled.
5/22 David Alaba – 7 out of 10
Took a while to ease himself into the game but won his battle with Bellerin decisively.
6/22 Xabi Alonso – 7 out of 10
Failed to exert his usual influence in the first half, and should have done better to stop Sanchez’s effort, but was instrumental once Bayern started to move through the gears.
7/22 Arturo Vidal – 6 out of 10
A quieter influence on the game than his Bayern team-mates, but had little to contend with in the middle of the park.
8/22 Arjen Robben – 9 out of 10
His simply stunning strike in the opening exchanges set the tone for the evening. A reminder why he has been one of the continent’s best over the past decade.
9/22 Thiago – 8 out of 10
An excellent display was capped off with two sweet goals. Eased the ball past Ospina for Bayern’s third, slightly fortunate for his second.
10/22 Douglas Costa – 5 out of 10
Bayern’s only real disappointment of the night, he failed to fizz and crackle like the rest of their forward talents.
11/22 Robert Lewandowski – 8 out of 10
Somewhat unlucky to concede the penalty, but atoned with a magnificent header to put his side back in front. His assist for Thiago was even better.
12/22 David Ospina – 6 out of 10
Improved after a nervy start, and despite conceding five, stopped Bayern on several occasions. Produced one brilliant save to deny Martinez.
13/22 Hector Bellerin – 4 out of 10
Still looking bang out-of-sorts, the young Spaniard offered none of the invention and threat we have come to expect.
14/22 Shkodran Mustafi – 5 out of 10
No contest for Lewandowski, who used him as a climbing frame for Bayern’s second. Looked more comfortable with Koscielny as a partner.
15/22 Laurent Koscielny - 7 out of 10
Looked excellent early on and did well to win the penalty. His departure through injury at the start of the second half was the harbinger of Arsenal’s collapse.
16/22 Kieran Gibbs – 4 out of 10
Left-back continues to prove a problem area for Arsenal. Robben had it all his own way.
17/22 Francis Coquelin – 4 out of 10
Elected to stand off Robben rather than get tight, allowing the opening goal to fly past him. Recovered, but utterly over-ran by Bayern’s midfield after the break.
18/22 Granit Xhaka – 5 out of 10
Forced Neuer into action with a well-taken first-time shot from the edge of the box in the first half. It was his only real moment of note.
19/22 Alex Iwobi – 4 out of 10
A quiet night for the youngster. Substituted after Bayern’s fourth goal, replaced by Theo Walcott.
20/22 Mesut Ozil – 5 out of 10
Missing in action, once again. Could have punished Bayern when he broke in behind in the closing stages of the first half but ran down a blind alley.
21/22 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 4 out of 10
Failed to justify his surprise selection on the left-flank, rarely troubling Lahm.
22/22 Alexis Sanchez – 7 out of 10
Kept running into brick walls until the penalty. His initial effort was poor but showed composure to guide the ball home at the third time of asking.
But it started to go wrong in the second-half with that injury to captain Koscielny. Shortly after Gabriel came on in his place, Bayern scored two in three minutes.
First Lewandowski scored a wonderful header and then his deft flick between the legs put Thiago Alcantara - who was excellent on the night - in for a third.
Thiago scored again seven minutes later through a deflected shot from the edge of the box before Thomas Muller put the icing on the cake.
It will be more a case of damage limitation for Arsenal when the side's meet again in north London.
Here are six things we learned on the night...
1. Arsene Wenger has some serious questions to ask about his future
Another season, another European disappointment for Arsenal. With the club's Premier League hopes already gone, Arsene Wenger must ask himself if he really has the motivation to carry on.
Arsenal were crushed tonight. Outplayed, outfought and outrun. Calls for his resignation were already growing and that performance is sure to see them increase.
For a club of such stature, Arsenal have gone far too long without challenging for major honours.
Will tonight's humbling be the final straw for Arsene?
2. Bayern are serious Champions League contenders
There may have been doubts over this ageing Bayern team coming into tonight but their second-half performance proved they are still among the very best in Europe.
Carlo Ancelotti has won this competition three times before and while there have been some signs of unrest in Bavaria, it would be a brave person who bets against him getting a fourth.
Bayern are seven points clear in the Bundesliga despite not playing as well as in recent seasons. If they can wrap that up early again, they can focus all their efforts on this competition.
3. Arsene Wenger’s faith in David Ospina is questionable
It was a nervy start for the Colombian whose first touch was a scuffed kick along the floor that nearly saw Bayern in on goal.
Despite making some eye-catching saves there's no way Arsenal's defence can be inspired when they look back and see Ospina rather than the more assured Petr Cech between the sticks.
While Wenger insists he has two world class keepers in his squad, it seems increasingly strange that he doesn't stick with his number one for Europe's biggest club competition.
4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should play more often
In this game and against Hull the young England international has shown he has more than enough quality to hold down a regular place in the Arsenal team.
Always a willing runner and always assured on the ball, Oxlade-Chamberlain offers a more direct approach than his teammates.
As well as setting up several chances going forward, the 23-year-old also acted as the first line of defence, constantly chasing down his opponents.
His biggest weakness has perhaps been summed up by these last two games - no one quite knows what his best position is.
5. Bayern’s ageing stars have still got it
Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm provided a masterclass of wing and full-back play down the right flank - scoring one and creating another - while Xabi Alonso pulled the strings in midfield.
Those three may have a combined age of 101 years, but they proved they can still mix it with the best in Europe.
Bayern's biggest problem will be replacing them. Robben insists he's happy to go on for another few years but Lahm and Alonso will both be retiring at the end of the season. The end of an era beckons - but not quite yet.
6. Arsenal have problems at left-back
Neither Kieran Gibbs nor Nacho Monreal have managed to nail down a starting place for Arsenal over the past few years.
Gibbs got the nod tonight and had a torrid start against Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm. Robben has been among the world's very best in that position in the past decade and Gibbs was simply no match.
If Arsenal want to mix it with the best in Europe, this is surely an area Arsene Wenger will need to strengthen in the summer.Reuse content