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Five things we learnt from Arsenal's Munich misery

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1. Yaya Sanogo has some quality, but just doesn't match Olivier Giroud

Giroud has come under some heavy scrutiny in recent weeks, and not only because of his affair! The Frenchman was left on the subs bench during Arsenal's game against Bayern Munich and you'd think it would be because his head wasn't properly in the game.

Arsenal went with their youngster Sanogo, who was making just his second game in such a massive game for the Gunners, which was probably not an extremely good bet. But, I suppose the 21-year-old played quite well even though the Gunners were down to 10-men for such a long time. In the first 25 minutes though, he played very well and may have scored on a luckier day.

I know he wasn't going to do a lot seems Arsenal had to sacrifice an attacker, but I still stick with the decision that  Giroud is better. The former Montpellier man comes with more experience and frankly is at a better stage in his career than Sanogo, who does look a bright spark for the future though.

2. Mesut Ozil isn't all he cracked up to be

A controversial statement to make I know, but Arsene Wenger signed Ozil to be a level-headed experienced character during Arsenal's big games and this is exactly what he wasn't on Wednesday. The German was lacking in confidence throughout the game, and realistically he was only good until the penalty, after he was very shoddy.

It was silly, really, to let Ozil take the penalty, considering he missed one against Marseille and was so low in confidence anyway. The playmaker didn't particularly recover throughout the whole game.

Sadly, I don't want to leap to conclusions too quickly, but Ozil's form when he first joined the Gunners seems to have disappeared for now at least. He seems like the Fernando Torres of his day. 

3. Jack Wilshere is perhaps not as good either

I know you'll probably hate me for this, but in my eyes it's true. Jack Wilshere, especially against Bayern Munich, played quite badly and it isn't the first time.

The 22-year-old gave the ball away numerous times, and when he was in possession did not look at all comfortable. Wilshere may look like a talent in the Premier League, although unfortunately he still can definitely be outplayed in Europe's elite. Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich was much better.

It can't be denied he is one for the future, but for now at least in my eyes he remains over-rated. 

4. Wojciech Szczęsny's decision making needs some work

It's not the first time that Szczęsny has had a rush of blood and dived into a challenge when ultimately it would have been better for him to stay on his feet. I understand that in the game on Wednesday, Arjen Robben did make too much of the tackle, but still it wasn't worth Szczęsny diving in like he did.

Arsenal now miss him for three Champions League games, (if they qualify that is.) It's a long time for a challenge which really could have been avoided. I know it was of very little contact, but he with a lot of European experience must learn that what he did is nearly always going to lead to a penalty.

It's not the first time he's raced in either, he's a good keeper, but needs to calm and think before racing in.

5. Arsenal show quality; but perhaps not enough to win the Barclay's Premier League

Clearly Arsene Wenger's side have shown a lot of quality, to hold Bayern Munich for a long time with only 10-men is quite applaudable. But, the question remains, do they have the talent to win the Premier League?

Well no, personally I think they will falter at the last hurdle. It seems that with Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud's form coming to a swift end along with Arsenal's failure to land a team changing signing in January they will be pipped at the post indefinitely.

They seem to have enough talent to beat teams, but their form has become slightly sticky in recent time (except the FA Cup win), and they do miss a player with Aaron Ramsey's calibre.

Again the Gunners have suffered from that injury omen. 

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