Champions League

Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal: Champions League Match Report

Bayern Munich started the game well but Arsenal kept their composure and did not panic. Arturo Vidal had the first shot of the game in the eighth minute but it was easily saved by David Ospina.

However, three minutes later Arjen Robben cut inside and struck an absolutely sensational shot into the top corner. Vintage Robben. As for Arsenal, it was very poor. Francis Coquelin didn’t close down Robben which allowed him to get the shot away. You cannot do that against Bayern Munich.

Bayern were in control and could have been 2-0 up but a brilliant intervention from Laurent Koscielny stopped Robert Lewandowski from going through on goal.

Just as the game approached the half an hour mark, Arsenal were awarded a penalty after Lewandowski was adjudged to have fouled Koscielny.

Manuel Neuer saved Alexis Sanchez’s penalty but the Chilean didn’t give up and managed to put the rebound in the back of the net at the third time of asking to make it 1-1.

Mesut Ozil should have given Arsenal an unlikely lead just before half-time. He was through down the left but his shot was straight at Neuer.

Arsenal had just 21% possession in the first half but they managed two more shots on target than their opponents.

The Gunners began the second half full of confidence. They were pressing Bayern and trying to force them into mistakes. Four minutes into the second half, Koscielny went off injured and Gabriel came on to replace him. A big blow for Arsenal. After Koscielny’s departure, Arsenal seemingly forgot how to defend. Lewandoski scored and then set up Thiago Alcantara with a classy backheel in the space of two minutes. 3-1 to Bayern.

There was a fantastic block from Kieran Gibbs to stop Robben making it 4-1. In the 62nd minute, Thiago Alcantara did get Bayern’s fourth goal and Arsenal’s night got even more difficult.

Arsenal made their second change in the 66th minute when Theo Walcott came on for Alex Iwobi. The match just became a training session for Bayern who were under no pressure whatsoever from Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud was Arsenal’s final change in the 77th minute. He replaced Coquelin. Bayern made their first change when Joshua Kimmich came on for Douglas Costa in the 84th minute.

Within the space of two minutes, Bayern made two substitutions as Thomas Muller and Rafinha replaced Lewandowski and Robben. Just a minute after coming onto the pitch, Muller made it 5-1 to Bayern.

From the time Koscielny went off, Arsenal crumbled. It was yet another terrible, spineless performance from Arsene Wenger’s side in the Champions League. They were completely dismantled in the second half and didn’t show an ounce of fighting spirit. Bayern barely broke a sweat in the second half. They didn’t need to.

Arsenal’s next match is against Sutton United in the FA Cup. If tonight’s performance is anything to go by, Sutton should be feeling very confident.



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