Bayern Munich (Lewandowski 10, Mueller 29, Alaba 44, Robben 55, Mueller 89) – Arsenal 1 (Giroud 69)
Man of the Match – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
Bayern pummelled Arsenal to submission, two weeks after having lost 2-0, at the Emirates, with a show of footballing prowess. Arsenal were no match to the rampant Bavarians, in their own backyard, and must now win both their remaining games, at home to Dynamo Kiev and away to Olympiakos to have a chance of qualifying to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Arsenal suffered a major setback ahead of the match, as both Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin were ruled out, with Gabriel partnering Per Mertesacker at the back and Mathieu Debuchy starting at right-back, while Joel Campbell kept his place of the injured trio of Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey. Bayern’s relentless pressing and passing completely outdid the Gunners.
Robert Lewandowski kept his hot streak, opening the scoring on just 10 minutes, with Gabriel peeling off the Polish star. Mesut Ozil had a goal ruled out for handball, just minutes later, and it was just a marker of things to come. It was 2-0, on 29 minutes through a snapshot from Thomas Mueller. Gabriel was partly at fault again, giving Austrian defender David Alaba too much space to take a shot. He made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.
10 minutes into the break, Arjen Robben’s clever first time finish made it 4-0 on the night, and even though Arsenal pulled one back through Olivier Giroud’s volley 14 minutes later, it was too little too late. Thomas Mueller duly wrapped up the formalities with a calm finish on the 89th minute.
Arsenal now host Tottenham in the league, before travelling to West Brom, ahead of a key home game against Dynamo Kiev.
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