Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League expulsion sends Twitter in meltdown mode
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Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League expulsion sends Twitter in meltdown mode

Arsenal slumped to yet another UEFA Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich and Twitter was not kind to the London club.

football Updated: Mar 08, 2017 19:43 IST
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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (C) reacts after Bayern Munich scored their second goal during the UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich.(AFP)

Arsenal’s 1-5 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night meant that they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 stage at 10-2 aggregate.

It was the seventh straight year of elimination at this stage and many calls for manager Arsene Wenger to leave were heard via social media.

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Arsenal fans held protests at the Emirates Stadium before and after the match with many posting their opinion on Twitter.

Wenger’s most vocal opposition, British talk show host Piers Morgan, led the rally cry behind those wanting the dismissal of the Frenchman.

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“No true Arsenal fan can continue to stand by Wenger. Last night’s abject humiliation has to be the end of a great era for our club. #afc (sic),” Morgan posted to his Twitter account.

Earlier, he had reposted FC Bayern Munich’s Twitter handle which mocked the London club. Morgan claimed Wenger is responsible for Arsenal having become a laughing stock.

A video uploaded to Twitter by Davie Dawson‏ (@davidGAAdawson1) of the protests against Wenger led by Arsenal fans received over 300,000 views in the first 14 hours of publishing. The video was captioned: “Wenger out🙈 #ARSFCB”

While the tone of most was to oppose the extension to Wenger’s 21-year stay at Arsenal, some offered advice that the Frenchman should make the decision to leave rather than the club having to force him out.

The 1-5 mauling at the Emirates — a repeat of the first leg score line from Bayern’s Allianz Arena — brought on many jokes at Wenger and Arsenal’s expense.

An account named BigSport (@BigSportGB) decided to target the fact that Arsenal have failed to progress past the round-of-16 stage for the last seven seasons by bringing up the case of their biggest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who reached the quarterfinals in 2010-11. A photo of former Spurs player Tom Huddlestone was uploaded to remind Arsenal fans that he had played more quarterfinal matches than their club. poked fun at the fact that Wenger was probably the most depressed person in the United Kingdom the morning after the match.

Other tweets spoke about Wenger’s future, his perceived lack of tactical planning and poor luck in the round-of-16 stage.

However, few leaned to Wenger’s aide despite the debacle; though those voices mostly came from fans of other clubs and that of neutral journalists.

A Manchester United fan wrote: “Wenger divorced his wife so he could concentrate on managing Arsenal. SAF abandoned us to be with his wife. The difference #WengerIn”

James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) of the Manchester Evening News highlighted that while Arsenal may have been knocked out, considering the pedigree of their opposition, the result was justified.

First Published: Mar 08, 2017 19:22 IST