German champions hit five past Arsenal
Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League took a massive blow this evening following a heavy defeat to Bayern Munich in Germany.
The Gunners were dealt a blow earlier in the week with the news that Hector Bellerin would miss out, and they were then dealt a bigger blow with Laurent Koscielny ruled out hours before kick-off.
Bellerin was replaced with an out-of-form Mathieu Debuchy, while Gabriel Paulista came in for Koscielny.
It only took Munich 10-minutes to take the lead in the Allianz Arena as Robert Lewandowski was left unmarked in the penalty area.
The Polish striker is in lethal form and he comfortably headered home past Petr Cech to give the hosts the lead.
Arsenal thought they had levelled immediately when Mesut Ozil bundled home from close range, but the goal was ruled out correctly because of hand-ball.
Who knows what would have happened if the goal stood, but it didn’t and soon after Munich made it 2-0.
The ball fell in the box to Thomas Muller, whos shot took a slight deflection off Per Mertesacker and into the back of the net.
Things got worse for Arsenal when David Alaba thumped home from long-range to make it 3-0 just before half-time.
Despite being turned over in the first-half, the second-half was a much more positive display from Arsenal, despite going 4-0 down when Arjen Robben scored with virtually his first-touch.
Santi Cazorla was guilty of missing a couple of good chances for the visitors, but they did manage to pull one back when Olivier Giroud acrobatically turned home past Manuel Neuer.
The night was settled when Muller was put through on goal and the German comfortably slotted home past Cech.
Wenger will probably take some positives after seeing his side’s second-half display, but it was still a tough night for the Frenchman and co.
The result puts Arsenal bottom of their group on three points, with Munich on nine.
In between is Olympiakos on nine and Dinamo Zagreb on three.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt