It's another story of a club crashing out in the first-leg of the Champions League knockout round. This time, it's Arsenal. Following their 5-1 loss at Bayern Munich, it was easy to draw a line between then and now for manager Arsene Wenger. The problem is that it's not the only line, just the latest.
Predicting the end for Wenger's run in charge of Arsenal is nothing new. Following the Invincibles era, the next step was winning the Champions League. It never happened. With Arsenal well equipped to finish 2nd in the Premier League, there's pressure on the club to win the trophies that count. That means the Premier League and the Champions League.
"The real problem we faced was after the third goal, because we lost our organisation and we looked mentally very jaded," Wenger said. "From that moment on, the last 25 minutes were a nightmare for us because we looked like we had no response."
The Guardian's Barney Ronay restarts the clock on when Arsenal will move on from Wenger. The Independent's Miguel Delaney has sympathy for Wenger. The Mirror's John Cross sees the loss at Bayern as a new low.
Lots of talk last night about Arsenal’s inability to ‘compete’. Their 18 last night cost €16m more to assemble than Bayern’s did.— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) February 16, 2017
Reuters' Simon Evans reports that FIFA wants two or more countries to host the 2026 World Cup. The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson and Ben Rumsby report on UEFA's efforts on the research link between heading and dementia. FiveThirtyEight's Joe Sykes and Neil Paine on an early advocate of soccer analytics in England.
Bob Bradley writes for The Players' Tribune. FourFourTwo's Steve Davis asks if MLS teams will play their Homegrown Players. The Houston Chronicle's Corey Roepken has the Houston Dynamo moving up the allocation order.
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