Twitter reacts as Arsenal draw Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockout stages AGAIN
It wasn't meant to be this way.
Arsenal fans went into the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League believing that their first-placed finish in group A would see them avoid the giants of Europe.
Arsene Wenger's side have not progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the last six seasons running after being drawn against teams including Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich twice.
However after Bayern Munich finished second in their group behind last season's Champions League finalists, Atletico Madrid, the potential for the two teams to meet for the fourth time in five seasons became a distinct possibility.
Five days before the draw even took place, Bayern Munich's official Twitter account joked that a repeat fixture was inevitable.
Former Chelsea manager, Ruud Gullit was hand to confirm the prediction, pulling Arsenal's name from the pot to confirm another last 16 tie with Bayern Munich.
It will be fourth time in the last five years the Gunners have faced the German champions and three of those times have been in the last 16 of the tournament.
Bayern Munich's official Twitter account were quick to make light of the occurrence.
The Bundesliga champions tweeted their future opponents, "Hello again," along with a clip from the film, Groundhog Day.
Arsenal fans took a more dim view of the draw, however, as they look to end their dismal run of failing to reach the quarter-finals of Champions League for the last six seasons.
Only Wenger could win the group & still draw Bayern Munich. Unbelievable. #afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 12, 2016
Good Morning Britain presenter and serial Wenger-baiter, Piers Morgan, chose to blame Arsene Wenger for the tricky tie.
Arsenal fans will have painful memories of their last match at the Allianz Arena where Arsene Wenger's were thrashed 5-1 in November of last year.
When Arsenal still get Bayern Munich is the Champions League Last 16 even after finishing 1st https://t.co/oy0aOrFve4— Yeswell (@JordanCresswel1) December 6, 2016
Facts of life:— Arsenal Related (@ArsenalsRelated) December 12, 2016
-Arsenal finishing above Tottenham
-Arsenal playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League
3 - Arsenal have been eliminated from all three of their Champions League knockout ties against Bayern Munich (2005, 2013, 2014). Haunted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 12, 2016
UEFA: Let's be fair to Arsenal this year, they've won their group.— Futbol Agent (@Futbol_Agent_) December 12, 2016
Inner UEFA: Let's give them Bayern pic.twitter.com/wRPsByY4M9
The prospect of another match against the German giants was met with frustration and despair by disappointed Arsenal fans.
Speaking in the aftermath of the draw, BT Sport pundits Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen suggested Arsene Wenger's team should not be too despondent with the draw.
"They're [Bayern Munich] not the same dominant team they once were so there is hope for Arsenal," said former Bayern midfielder, Owen Hargreaves.
"It is a really poor draw for arsenal, but the key will be the game away from home. If they stay in the tie and can come back to the Emirates only one behind then they'll have a good chance," said Michael Owen.