By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal made two changes to the team compared to last weekend match against Swansea.
Debuchy came in the place of the injured Bellerin and not exptected but Gabriel came in the place of Koscielny who sat on the bench. Acccording to the German commentator Kos had a hip problem. Well this sure is not what we wanted to hear, another injury.
Campbell stayed in the team as exptected. Two young kids on the bench with Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Alex Iwobi.
The team that started : Cech, Monreal, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Debuchy, Coquelin, Cazorla, Campbell, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.
On the beach: Macey, Chambers, Gibbs, Koscielny, Reine-Adelaide, Flamini, Iwobi.
The first shot of the match was from Giroud but it went wide. Bayern with a shot from Alaba from distance but no problem for Cech. Thiago with a cross from the left, Gabriel stepped up but not in time to put Lewandowski offside and the Polish striker headed it home. 1-0 to Bayern after 10 minutes.
Arsenal immediately reply with a combination on the left. Özil with a ball to Monreal a cross back to Özil who put it over the line. The 5th ref judged he used his arm to score. So the goal was cancelled. It did touched his hand so can understand the decision.
Coman trying to win a penalty for Bayern but the ref judged Campbell played the ball. Cech then with a string of good saves to deny Lewandowski on a few occasions.
Bayern pressing Arsenal back in their own half. Coman then throws himself to the ground before Campbell came even near but he got the foul and a yellow card against Campbell. A cross from Alexis causes a bit of trouble but Campbell and Giroud cannot come to a shot on goal.
Bayern with some space on the left and the cross ends up a bit lucky in front of the feet of Muller and his shot hits the leg of Mertesacker and Cech has no chance. 2-0 to Bayern after 29 minutes.
The ref determined to not give a foul in favour of Arsenal in this moment of the match with fouls on Campbell and Alexis ignored. Cech being the best Arsenal player on the pitch with a few good saves again close to the end of the first half.
But nothing he could when Alaba won the ball back just outside the penalty area and placed it in the top corner. 3-0 to Arsenal after 44 minutes. Nobody really attacked the Bayern player so he could pick his spot.
A bad first half for Arsenal. Too many lost duels and a few players not up to this kind of opposition. The players not putting enough pressure on the Bayern players. Problem might be that if they do they will be called back by the ref.
Arsenal trying to move more forward in the second half but Bayern is like a real machine. Robben enters the field in the place of Coman and the right flank of Arsenal is played apart and Robben scores with his first touch. 4-0 to Bayern after 55 minutes.
A great combination Cazorla-Giroud and back to Cazorla but the little Spanjard managed to shoot the open chance straight at Neuer.
Campbell made way for Gibbs after 58 minutes. Monreal almost with a chance but a defender just got a last touch on the ball so he couldn’t shoot.
Arsenal at least with some better football in the second half but not enough to really make the Bayern keeper be forced in to action.
Alexis with a fine pass to Giroud and he controlled it on his chest and volleyed it home. GOAL!!! 4-0 after 69 minutes.
Cech had to stop an effort from Robben when Arsenal lost the ball in midfield. Something you really can’t do against a team like Bayern. Giroud trying from the half way line after Neuer cleared a ball but a defender could stop the ball in the Bayern penalty area. Coquelin with a good penetration on the flank but Cazorla scuffed his shot.
In such matches it is not only to not make mistakes but also take the chances when you get them and we weren’t good at both today.
Debuchy with a last ditch tackle when Robben had rounded Cech from an offside position that wasn’t given.
With 7 minutes to go Iwobi came on in the place of Giroud. I think the match of next weekend already in the mind of Wenger. Monreal also with a good tackle to prevent Muller to have a shot at the Arsenal goal.
Chambers came in the place of Cazorla with 4 minutes to go.
Just as Arsenal was trying to go forward a bit in the hope to score another goal we ran in to a counter and Muller put the final nail in the coffin. 5-1 to Bayern after 89 minutes.
To be honest I haven’t seen a team of the calibre of Bayern Munich in the PL. They can break down any wall that is put in front of them and if you play too high against them they will hit you on the counter as they have the players to do this also.
In order to beat them you must have a complete team and we didn’t have that today. Too many players just watching and not attacking the Bayern players so they had too much freedom on the ball and that is something you cannot allow them that. Not enough healthy aggression from Arsenal and then you pay the price.
But we aren’t the first team to suffer a heavy defeat at their ground and we will not be the last one.
The other result means that we have to win our last 2 matches and in the last match I think we will have to win with two goals difference against Olympiakos. So not an easy task.