Wednesday 20 September 2017

Bayern Munich troll Arsenal after Champions League exit - and fans around the world join in

Bayern's Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal last night
Bayern's Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal last night

Sean Gibson

Bayern Munich have once again trolled Arsenal on social media following another men-against-boys performance and result in the Champions League.

In a now-deleted tweet the German club asked Arsenal: "Same again next year?" after their 5-1 win in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie - but they only had to wait three weeks.

So resolute have Arsenal's deficiencies in Europe become - particularly against Bayern - that football fans around the globe have felt secure enough to join in with the cacophony of jokes being made at the Gunners' expense.

Bayern's English Twitter account made a cheeky play on words shortly after last night's stonking 5-1 second-leg win, asking what the time was at 9:50pm.

As the colossal margin of victory became clear, the club's social media post managers had time to look for all sorts of other jokes - but they lamented that the goals were flying in so fast that they often missed their chance.

Meanwhile, the club's US account merrily celebrated "the score so nice, we did it twice".

Other oft-repeated punchlines included: "If you can't support us when we lose 5-1, don't support us when we lose 1-5," and "Arsenal fans always 10-2 overreact."

One even managed to crowbar in a reference to the famous Egyptian pharaoh, "2-10-khamun".

There was also some observational comedy gold to be dug out, as the aggregate score failed to fit on the television display. Pictures of broken cannons, while perhaps a bit worn out - particularly in recent seasons - were also scattered throughout the twittersphere.

There were, of course, the ubiquitous jokes about Brexit and a "quick exit" from Europe.

Though it might have been a push to say Bayern were running up a cricket score, one fan spotted the increasing resemblance to a tennis score in matches between the two sides.

Plenty of Arsenal fans, however, fail to see the funny side of what they see as the continuing degradation of their club under Arsene Wenger.

In the past two seasons, the Gunners have lost 5-1 three times to Bayern and have resolutely failed to make an impression in both domestic and European competition.

Although the 'Wenger Out' movement to remove manager Arsene Wenger is gathering pace, many blame the players for letting down their coach and their fans.

It is increasingly likely that Wenger will leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, and many of these players - tarnished by these sorts of European humiliations - will follow him out the door.

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