Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/19/13
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Barring a miracle in the Allianz Arena, that's it: the end of Arsenal as a Champions League perennial. Or so it's looking after Tuesday's 3-1 home defeat to the hands of Bayern Munich. This is the sixteenth consecutive year in which Arsenal has competed at arguably the highest level soccer has to offer, but the North London giant faces an uphill struggle to get in the tournament next season. Yes, Arsenal could overhaul local rival Tottenham Hotspur and finish fourth in the Premier League - but even that means of qualification is appearing a fainter hope with every game that passes. Last weekend it was Blackburn Rovers from a division down in the FA Cup - and a 1-0 defeat for Arsenal. Tuesday, all of the Gunners' rested stars were back in the starting lineup and a familiar tale of gloom unfolded as Bayern took almost instant control of Arsene Wenger's team. Let's not hide how good a team Bayern is - the German club came within a few minutes of winning the Champions League in its...
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