By FOX Sports Staff
Arsenal's Champions League hopes were dealt a dire blow on Tuesday after a comprehensive defeat against Bayern Munich at the Emirates.
Toni Kroos gave the German an early lead in the seventh minute with their first chance in the game before Muller doubled their lead in the 21st minute. Former Bayern man Lukas Podolski managed to head one back for the hosts in the second half but Mario Mandzukic struck on the break in the 77th minute as the Gunners pressed for a goal to seal the 3-1 win for the German side.
The result means that Arsenal will have a daunting task of matching the three away goals conceded when the both sides meet at the Allianz Arena, but Wenger insists that his side will give their all in the second leg.
"It will be very difficult but let's try to make the impossible possible. We must go there and try to play like we do at home," he was quoted as saying on Uefa's official website, "The third goal makes it very difficult, but we will try of course."
"We had a good start in the first five minutes. They scored with their first shot on goal and after that we were a bit nervous defensively. We played against a team with a lot of class; at points in the first half they played better than us.
"In the second half we came back, got it to 2-1 and had the chance to make it 2-2, but again we got caught on the counterattack. Bayern are a very efficient team, they make the most of the chances they create and congratulations to them.
He added: "Our fans were fantastic and I'm very disappointed we couldn't give them the win they wanted. It was not the best preparation mentally [after the weekend FA Cup defeat to Blackburn], but the players battled very hard and gave absolutely everything. The third goal was a mental blow because we gave a lot to [try] to get back to two-all, but at this level it's very difficult if you're 2-0 down.
Bayern Munich will host Arsenal in the second leg of the last-16 tie on March 13th at the Allianz Arena.