Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has apologised to Gunners fans following their catastrophic 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich to knock them out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive season.
Theo Walcott gave Arsenal an unlikely lead as the hosts held out to going into half time ahead on the night – but still 5-2 down in the tie.
However, five unanswered goals in the second half after Laurent Koscielny received his marching orders humiliated Arsenal again, with many fans opting to leave the stadium early as a result.
Bellerin admitted he was hurt seeing the droves of Gunners vacating their seats and insisted they deserve much more than what was being given on the pitch.
“For me especially I’m really hurt seeing the fans leaving the stadium so early,” he said. “At the end of the day we play for them and want them to be happy and for them to get behind us.
“It hurts to see them leave so early. We need to make them happy with the rest of the season now. We know we've got the capacity and the potential to do well.
“We need to think about every game the same way. We started (well) today and we know if we can play that kind of football we can be up there. I just want to say sorry to the fans because we can be better than that.”
Arsene Wenger said his team “played very well” in the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, and insisted that the club was “in great shape” despite a seventh consecutive exit at the last-16 stage of the Champions League.
Just as the second instalment of Arsenal’s humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich was drawing to a miserable end last night, a song broke out among a handful of supporters braving the cold in a peaceful corner of the Essex town of Braintree.