Arsenal have crashed out of Champions League in the first knockout round for the seventh year in a row, this time going down 10-2 against Bayern Munich. It was all but inevitable after a 5-1 first leg defeat, but Arsenal's history should have told us that before the tie even kicked off. Just look at their recent round of 16 history.
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2010/11: Barcelona 4, Arsenal 3
Coming off the last year they made it to the round of 16, Arsenal met Barcelona in the first knockout round for the second year running. The Blaugrana had just knocked them out in the Quarter finals by a 6-3 aggregate score the previous season, but the re-match was a testy and controversial scrum.
Arsenal looked world class, beating Barcelona 2-1 at home to set up a wild second leg. Just before halftime in the away fixture, Gunners' midfielder Cesc Fabregas' ill-fated backheel just outside of his own area was picked off and immediately deposited in the back of the net, as Lionel Messi flicked and volleyed Barcelona ahead. Arsenal equalized from a Busquets own goal before Robin Van Persie was bizarrely sent off with a second yellow card for shooting after the whistle blew. Van Persie's claims that he didn't hear the whistle in the rocking Nou Camp went unheard, and Barcelona went on to put two past the 10-man Arsenal, starting their knockout round curse.
2011/12: AC Milan 4, Arsenal 3
A devastating pattern began with Arsenal in Champions League, and it started in Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a twinkle-toed Robinho led the Rossoneri to a 4-0 shellacking of the Gunners at the San Siro, but on the return leg, Arsenal nearly pulled off the impossible. They went up 3-0, stretching Gunners' hopes to the fraying point before ultimately bowing out to fan adulation for their brave fightback.
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2012/13: Bayern 3, Arsenal 3 (Bayern win on away goals)
The cycle that began in Milan continued in Germany, and Bayern Munich established themselves as Arsenal's official bogey team. Bayern scored two early goals at the Emirates, eventually powering through Arsenal with three crucial away goals to win 3-1. The Gunners made a valiant effort to come back from their first leg deficit, and in the 86th minute, Laurent Koscielny's goal to make it 2-0 after Olivier Giroud's early strike gave supporters desperate hope.
It, of course, wasn't to be. Arsenal couldn't find another goal, and out in the knockout rounds they went once again.
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2013/14: Bayern 3, Arsenal 1
For the second year running, Bayern beat Arsenal in the Emirates, then held on in the second leg to move onto the quarterfinals. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos struck (again) for Bayern in the first leg, and the Bavarians held out for a 1-1 draw at home. Once again, Arsenal were sent packing with a magnificent participation trophy.
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2014/15: Monaco 3, Arsenal 3 (Monaco win on away goals)
Arsenal fans were overjoyed when the Gunners drew Monaco in the round of 16, but their jubilation quickly turned to despair when Monaco shocked their former manager Arsene Wenger's side 3-1 at home.
The pattern was already set.
In the return leg, Olivier Giroud again opened the scoring for Arsenal, this time in his native France. Another late goal -- this time from Aaron Ramsey -- gave Gooners futile hope, only to be disappointed yet again.
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2015/16: Barcelona 5, Arsenal 1
This one wasn't even ever really close. Barcelona handled Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, and 3-1 at the Camp Nou, cruising through as easy as that.