Bayern Munich 5 Arsenal 1

The Gunners suffered a torrid first half as Robert Lewandowski’s header, Thomas Muller’s snapshot and David Alaba’s strike put the hosts 3-0 up. Arjen Robben’s first-time finish and a Muller breakaway strike came either side of Olivier Giroud’s volley. A record equalling European defeat leaves Arsenal six points behind Bayern and Olympiakos with two games left. The Greek side’s 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb, achieved via a 90th-minute winner, means that qualification is out of Arsenal’s hands and they are in danger of failing to reach the knockout stages for the first time in 13 seasons.

Mesut Ozil had a goal ruled out for handball when the score was 1-0 and Arsene Wenger’s team improved after the break. But Bayern’s relentless pressing and ability to pounce on defensive errors exposed the visitors, who lost for a third time in four Champions League group games. Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny was ruled out with a hip injury hours before kick-off and his replacement, Gabriel, was partly at fault for two of Bayern’s three first-half goals. With a groin injury to right-back Hector Bellerin, the Gunners now have 10 players on the injury list. After defeats by Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, the Gunners are attempting to become the first team since Galatasaray in 2012 to reach the knockout stages after losing their first two group games. Beating Bayern at home a fortnight ago gave the Gunners optimism but they must now make up a six-point gap to second-placed Olympiakos, who they face in their final group game on 9 December after hosting Zagreb on 24 November.

Arsenal need to beat Zagreb and hope Olympiakos to lose their next game, at Bayern, who are yet to qualify for the knockout stages. That would set up an intriguing final match in Greece where the Gunners would have to beat Olympiakos by two clear goals after conceding a sloppy winner in their 3-2 defeat at the Emirates on 29 September. Injuries and not signing the players needed have cost us.

New Star Trek TV Series Update

Update : The Hollywood trades have a little more news about the new STAR TREK show that’s slated for CBS All Access in January 2017, all of which comes from CBS president Les Moonves’s presentation to reporters about the network’s third quarter earnings. Like STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, which pioneered first-run syndication, the new show is designed to make the most of a new business model. The idea is that the show will be available online first as part of CBS All Access and, in America at least, people will have to sign up and pay $5.99 a month to see it.

CBS clearly hope that STAR TREK will bring audiences to their streaming service in large numbers, meaning the success of an entire business is riding on them producing a successful show. All the existing STAR TREK shows are already available on the platform and pull in significant audiences. “We’re looking to do original content on All Access,” Moonves said, “and build up that platform… knowing the loyalty of STAR TREK fans, this will boost it.” Moonves described STAR TREK as CBS’s “family jewels” and said that the new series would be a “world-class effort that will make all STAR TREK fans proud”, acknowledging that they are the most passionate fans in the world. STAR TREK’s international popularity is also an important part of the equation for CBS, who said that “Right away, we’re more than halfway home on the cost of the show from international alone.”

The other thing that few people have commented on from yesterday’s press release is the name Heather Kadin, who is another executive producer and writer, who has been named alongside Alex Kurtzman. It’s not been confirmed, but it seems likely that she will be the actual day-to-day showrunner. Her credits include Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion and Limitless.