Champions League day 4: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal
After a convincing win two weeks prior at the Emirates stadium 2-0, Arsenal had hopes to reiterate the performance in Munich and to come back in the qualifying race to the Round of 16. It turned out to be a demonstration from the German who would dominate and impose their game early on. At the break the game was sealed with a 3-0 advantage.
The Gunners need to regroup quickly as they face Tottenham in a very anticipated London derby. You can find some tickets still and they are guaranteed: click here to book. Bayern Munich
Arsene Wenger knows the Champions League is probably gonna end in two games and said:
on the defeat…
You have to give credit to Bayern first for their quality and on top of that we made things quite easy for them. It was a bad defensive performance and we were extremely poor defensively. We were not at the races. The funny thing is that when we went forward we created good chances. We had a chance to score early but with a defensive performance like that, you go nowhere.
on whether it’s Arsenal’s worst defensive performance…
My memory of 19 years is not too accurate if I’m supposed to tell you our worst defensive performance. It’s certainly not going to remain in my memory for anything positive. There is still a chance to qualify. Olympiacos have to lose here, we have to beat Zagreb and then we will see when we play Olympiacos away. It’s a small chance but it is a real one. We have to realise with that kind of performance that we had today that our chances are minimal.
on Arsenal’s chances of qualifying…
No matter what percentage we have, we have to dig in for the chance to qualify. We now have to focus on the Premier League on Sunday and bounce back with a different performance because we are in a good position in the league. It’s important that we realise what we did today and we know that.
Bayern Munich has now the chance to clinch first place by beating Olympiacos in the next game as Pep Guardiola addresses:
“Many congratulations to my team, especially for the first half. We gave away possession too cheaply in the first ten minutes, and that was when Arsenal were very dangerous. But it was easier after the first goal. We got better and better thanks to the support of our fans. Our aim was to control the game in the second half, but we let them get at us too often on the break. That has to improve. But we’ve done it and we’re nearly through. Now we want to beat Olympiacos and finish top of the group.”