Summary

  • Bayern beat Arsenal 5-1 in UCL Round of 16 first leg on Wednesday.
  • Knocked Gunners out at same stage in 2013 and 2014.
  • Müller and Robben with strong records against Arsene Wenger's side.

You put in the groundwork, give everything you've got and still your best isn't good enough. It's a familiar tale for Arsenal FC when faced with the indomitable might of FC Bayern München.

bundesliga.com looks at five reasons why Germany's most successful club have a habit of trumping their North London counterparts in continental competition…

Match report: Bayern 5-1 Arsenal

1) They just do

The two sides have now met on 11 previous occasions in the UEFA Champions League, with Bayern winning six, drawing two and falling to three defeats - ultimately of the academic variety. The record 25-time Bundesliga champions topped Group C ahead of Arsenal in 2000/01 and did so again last term in Group F. What is more, they dumped the Gunners out of the competition in the Round of 16 in 2004/05, 2012/13 and 2014/15. By hook or by crook, Bayern always find a way.

2) Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller shares his boyhood club's hex over Arsenal. The Germany forward has faced Arsene Wenger's men seven times in the Champions League, registering five goals and one assist. Two of his predatory strikes came at the Allianz Arena in the 2015/16 group stage, with two more falling on London soil in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 Round of 16 before his strike off the bench on Wednesday.

Watch: Thomas Müller's first Bundesliga goal of 2016/17 followed a 999-minute drought:

3) Arjen Robben

If Müller is the stealth, Arjen Robben is the speed which Bayern will once again use to exploit the Arsenal system. The evergreen Dutchman has lined up against the English capital outfit 13 times for PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea FC and Bayern (W8, D4, L1), scoring three times. His diagonal runs are the stuff of legend, and have shown no signs of waning with age. Averaging a goal every other game in the Bundesliga and with two goals and two assists in Europe so far this season, the 33-year-old remains world football’s prototype wing wizard.

Watch: Robben scored a vintage goal as Bayern beat Wolfsburg 5-0 on Matchday 14:

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4) Home fortress

Being paired with Bayern is one thing, but tackling them in their own back yard is another - as Arsenal learned the hard way back in November 2015. A 5-1 victory - the same scoreline the Bavarians recorded on Wednesday - does not even begin to tell the story of a supremely dominant display from the record German champions, who are currently unbeaten in a Champions League record 16 matches on home turf. FC Barcelona, Club Atletico de Madrid, Juventus FC, FC Porto - the list goes on. No one escapes the lion's den that is the Allianz Arena unscathed.

Watch: Take virtual tour of FC Bayern's futuristic Allianz Arena:

5) They're German!

To win at all costs, dominate and be the absolute best: Bayern's will to win is, of course, emblematic of the German sporting mentality as a whole. It is a running joke in the English press that 'they will win because they're German' and, more often than not, that has proved to be the case. Indeed, Bayern have won 14 and drawn six of their last 23 home games against English opposition, while Arsenal's overall record in Germany reads W5, D5, L8.

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