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Qualification will be very tough, says Wenger

Arsen Wenger admits Gunners' European trophy prospects are slim after loss to Bayern Munich

Toni Kroos scores Bayern Munich's opening goal against Arsenal

Arsene Wenger admits it will be "very difficult" for his side to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after they lost 3-1 to Bayern Munich at home.

After dominating early on, Bayern went 2-0 up inside 21 minutes, with Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller scoring.

Lukas Podolski got a goal back for Arsenal after half-time, and the Gunners improved in the second half. The German side, who haven't lost since October, sealed the win with a Mario Mandzukic goal.

Arsene Wenger said: "Let's not hide the truth: it will be extremely difficult against a team of that quality," he said. "They didn't play two [Champions League] finals in the last three years without that quality that we have seen tonight."

Key Points

  • Arsenal lose 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16
  • Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic strike as Lukas Podolski scores for Gunners
  • Manager Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal face a mountain to climb in the second leg in Munich