Talking Points: Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 5 – Gunners humiliated once again...

Talking Points: Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 5 – Gunners humiliated once again in the Champions League


Arsenal were no match for Bayern Munich and a 5-1 defeat at the Emirates made the final score 10-2 on aggregate for their Champions League tie.

Things started well for Arsenal, who took the lead via Theo Walcott and held out until the half-time break.

Wverything went wrong for Arsene Wenger’s side form there though, as Laurent Koscielny was shown a red card and Bayern were rewarded a penalty.

The Bavarians then piled on another four in the late stages, with goals from Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal.

Arsenal’s confidence takes another blow

Wenger’s men have leaked 10 goals in the two games against Bayern and the 10-2 aggregate scoreline is arguably their worst ever knockout defeat.

It comes days after the disappointing 3-1 loss at Anfield. The Gunners will need to sort this problem out if they are to claim a top four spot.

The Champions League results hurt as it continues the same story fans have seen every year, with the team knocked out in the round of 16.

It has been nothing short of a demoralising week for the North London club. Arsenal will potentially lose some of their best players as a result – Alexis Sanchez in particular – who has been heavily linked with a return to Spain over the summer.

Bayern’s Dominance

The first goal alone sealed the tie as it meant Arsenal would have to score five goals without conceding to take it to extra-time.

Despite this, Bayern continued their rampant display, and scored four more goals to inflict another heavy defeat on the Gunners.

The German giants have demonstrated how strong they can be and how quickly they can turn a match around. Carlo Ancelotti will fancy their chances for the Champions League crown, possessing a squad that has everything in terms of balance, talent and depth.

He had the luxury of bringing Costa, Joshua Kimmich and Renato Sanches all off the bench, while Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman did not even feature.

Referee controversy

There was a few controversial decisions in this match and all of them took place while Arsenal were leading 1-0.

In the first half Xabi Alonso brought down Walcott but the referee waved play on, much to the frustration of Wenger.

It was also debated that Vidal could have been dismissed for a late challenge on  Sanchez, the midfielder did not even receive a booking.

Early in the second half Koscielny was sent off for bringing down Robert Lewandowski and initially the referee gave the Frenchman a yellow card, but changed his decision to red.