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Arsenal were taught a heartbreaking lesson in Champions League knockout football by European royalty, writes SAMI MOKBEL

Arsenal will return. This dynamic team, expertly assembled by Mikel Arteta, is far too accomplished not to.

Their future is bright, there is no doubt about it. Their present, however, is much less encouraging.

Here in Bavaria, they received a heartbreaking lesson in Champions League knockout football from European royalty, crashing out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.

It will hurt – the fact that Harry Kane and Eric Dier had been on the opposing team would have only intensified the pain of a deflating night.

However, they have no time to feel sorry for themselves. They face Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday, where a defeat would leave their hopes of winning the domestic title for the first time in 20 years in tatters.

Joshua Kimmich scored with a header to knock Arsenal out of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Arsenal were looking to reach their first Champions League semi-final since 2009, but lost 1-0 in Munich and 3-2 on aggregate.

Harry Kane celebrates after Bayern's 1-0 win which saw them book their place in the last four

Harry Kane celebrates after Bayern’s 1-0 win which saw them book their place in the last four

MATCH FACTS

Bayern Munich XI: Bayern XI: Neuer, Mazraoui (Kim 76), De Ligt, Dier, Guerreiro; Kimmich, Laimer, Goretzka; Musiala, Kane, Sane (Upamecano 89)

Unused substitutes: Choupo-Moting, Zaragoza, Peretz, Muller, Ulreich, Tel, Pavlovic

Goals: Kimmich 63

Reservations: Laimer, Kimmich

Arsenal XI: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu (Nketiah 86); Odegaard (Jesus 68), Rice; Saka, Havertz, Martinelli (Trossard 68)

Unused substitutes: Ramsdale, Partey, Smith Rowe, Kiwior, Vieira, Nelson, Elneny, Hein, Zinchenko

Reservations: White

Referee: Danny Makkelie

What psychological impact will this terrible night in Germany have on the Arsenal players? I will have the answer Saturday evening.

A season that had promised so much risks deteriorating quite quickly.

Arteta must elevate his players; Easier said than done after this heartbreaking defeat against Bayern Munich.

In the end, the Gunners have nothing to complain about. They were brave in the heat of battle. Arteta’s young team will emerge stronger from this agonizing defeat.

But Bayern fully deserved their victory here as Kane’s dream of Champions League glory lives on.

Once the dust settles, Arsenal will learn their lessons and move on. They were neither embarrassed nor outplayed on a night which represented the biggest test of their club careers.

There was little sign, however, that the scale of the event took over in the early stages. Arsenal were calm, moving the ball with comfort and enthusiasm, although Kane wasted two half-chances in the first 10 minutes.

Arsenal’s controlled start would have gone some way to allaying Arteta’s concerns over how the pressures of last night’s clash would affect his players.

Bayern Munich fans brought fire and thunder to the stands of the Allianz Arena, creating a thrilling atmosphere.

Bayern Munich fans brought fire and thunder to the stands of the Allianz Arena, creating a thrilling atmosphere.

Gabriel Martinelli missed a crucial first-half chance as Arsenal lacked an advantage

Gabriel Martinelli missed a crucial first-half chance as Arsenal lacked an advantage

Such a promising season for the Gunners risks collapsing and ending in pain

Such a promising season for the Gunners risks collapsing and ending in pain

They are inexperienced at this level. They have rarely encountered nights like these, the ones that give rise to chest hair.

However, in the first half, the Arsenal players showed no signs of intimidation.

Jorginho and Declan Rice combined effectively in midfield, while Gabriel Martinelli’s directness and pace caused significant concern for Joshua Kimmich on Bayern’s right.

Yet, that said, the tension was palpable. Bayern’s crop may not be held in the same esteem as some of their legendary teams of the past – but they have a better understanding of what is required on these kinds of nights.

This was perhaps Arteta’s biggest fear before the match. He is convinced of their talent, but could his players undo Bayern’s guile and know-how to cross the finish line in the European round of 16 to assert their own qualities? The answer, ultimately, was no.

Bayern showed worrying signs of asserting their authority in the closing stages of the first half, Noussair Mazraoui saw a shot deflected narrowly before David Raya denied Jamal Musiala’s long-range shot.

Arsenal responded with efforts of their own, Manuel Neuer saving Martin Odegaard’s shot from distance before gratefully collecting Martinelli’s first-time effort in the 31st minute.

But 24 hours after one of the most chaotic nights in Champions League history, this match felt more like a game of chess.

One wrong move and the consequences were fatal.

Leon Goretzka headed for the woodwork as Bayern came out of the blocks in the second half

Leon Goretzka headed for the woodwork as Bayern came out of the blocks in the second half

Martin Odegaard was furious when he forced a save from Manuel Neuer late in the match, but a goal kick was awarded.

Martin Odegaard was furious when he forced a save from Manuel Neuer late in the match, but a goal kick was awarded.

That’s not to say it was any less intriguing or exciting. Entertainment comes in different forms, you couldn’t take your eyes off it despite the lack of clear opportunities.

For Bayern, it was Musiala who got the attention. What a wonderful player he is. Beautiful balance, rhythm, cunning – all with striking technical ability.

The Premier League would be lucky to have him one day.

Speaking of luck, Arsenal were lucky not to find themselves trailing in the first two minutes of the second half.

Leon Goretzka first headed the crossbar before Kimmich’s rebound hit the post following a deflection from Arsenal defender Gabriel.

Thomas Tuchel, in the away technical area, could not believe his team’s misfortune.

Arteta would say his team deserved this special blessing.

The Arsenal manager counted his lucky stars again in the 57th minute when Gabriel almost turned away into his own net after a miscommunication with the onrushing Raya.

Home support smelled of blood. The decibels measured inside this magnificent arena have passed into the red zone.

Mikel Arteta brought new energy to Arsenal but they failed here against European royalty

Mikel Arteta brought new energy to Arsenal but they failed here against European royalty

Thomas Tuchel has now reached the Champions League final with Chelsea, PSG and Bayern.

Thomas Tuchel has now reached the Champions League final with Chelsea, PSG and Bayern.

Arsenal were entering the danger zone. Bayern took the upper hand. Quicker in the tackle, more precise in their passes – all with dynamism in their steps.

If Arsenal want to become a true force in European football in the years to come, they will have no choice but to become adept at overcoming periods of pressure like this.

They were on the ropes here at the start of the second half. Eventually, Arsenal relented as Kimmich sent the Allianz Arena into ecstasy with a bullet header from a Guerrero cross in the 63rd minute.

Arteta, animated on the touchline, tried to rally his troops. Raya too was constantly gesturing in the hope of a quick response.

But Bayern’s barrage did not give way and Leroy Sane really should have killed the tie shortly after Kimmich’s opener, but he blazed wildly over the bar.

Arsenal were clinging on for dear life. Arteta responded by starting Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard.

Yet Bayern carefully chose their moments to take advantage of Arsenal’s need to be cautious, holding them back on counter-attacks at regular intervals – with Musiala squandering an excellent opportunity to finish off Arsenal.

Arsenal must get back up.  They travel to Molineux on Saturday and must focus on trying to win their first Premier League title in 20 years.

Arsenal must get back up. They travel to Molineux on Saturday and must focus on trying to win their first Premier League title in 20 years.

Martin Odegaard rippled the side netting, but it was of no consequence as Bayern – as they often do – got the job done on the biggest stage.

So Molineux? What do you have Arsenal…

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