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Wenger refuses to accept Champions League exit despite Bayern battering


Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are not out of the UEFA Champions League yet.

Just days after being eliminated from the FA Cup by Championship side Blackburn Rovers, Bayern Munich made is almost certain of another trophyless campaign for the Gunners on Tuesday evening. Goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic gave the Bundesliga a 3-1 Champions League second round lead to take back to Munich for the second leg next month.

It would be one of the most memorable results in the history of the competition if the Londoners are to be included in the draw for the quarter-finals, but Wenger is refusing to throw in the towel despite accepting the size of the task ahead.

"Let us not hide the truth, it will be very difficult," he told Sky Sports. "But we will try to make the impossible, possible. We have to go there and play completely like we play at home. We have to try to change the score. The third goal makes it very difficult but we have to try."

Bayern have been in formidable form this season, and currently hold a 15-point lead in the Bundesliga. They have only conceded seven goals in the league all term, and the last time at home being in a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on December 14. However, their one defeat of the season came in their own backyard, when Bayer Leverkusen stunned them 2-1 in October. An identical result for Arsenal, though, would not be enough, which further underlines the task facing Wenger and his players.

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