Arsenal started Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich as 40-1 shots to reach the quarter-finals.
You didn’t have to be an expert in football betting to know that those odds were no way near long enough.
However, they briefly shorted when Theo Walcott fired the Gunners 1-0 up on the night (5-2 down on aggregate) inside the opening 20 minutes.
Arsenal held onto that ‘lead’ until half time, before capitulating in the second period.
The game ended 5-1 to Bayern again, giving the German giants a 10-2 margin of victory over the two matches.
Desperate Arsenal fans may attempt to use Laurent Koscielny’s 54th-minute red card as some sort of excuse for this embarrassing result.
Arsenal certainly missed their star centre-back.
➡️ Koscielny injured
➡️ Concede 4
➡️ Kosciely sent off
➡️ Concede 5
10-2 on aggregate,
— Wengerball (@ArseneStyle) March 7, 2017
However, his sending off was deserved. Indeed, it was controversial, but only because the referee first showed him a yellow card, before upgrading it to a red, after consulting with the fifth/sixth official, who had a better view.
Had Koscielny made an honest attempt to win the ball, a yellow card would have sufficed, but that was not the case, therefore he had to go.
It may have been a soft foul, but it was a deliberate foul and denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) March 7, 2017
This was genuinely the first time I have seen one of these bonus UEFA officials do anything useful.
Disappointingly, the correctness of the decision was overshadowed by the shoddy was it was handled by the ref, who should have spoken to his mate BEFORE going to his pocket.