Arsenal were taken apart 5-1 in the Champions league by an amazing display of technical ability, teamwork and tactics by Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich team.
Ten minutes in, Thiago Alcantara found Robert Lewandowski with an in swinging, right-footed cross. The German, alone and unmarked after a well-timed run, headed past Petr Cech, for his 18th goal this season.
It took 28 minutes for Bayern to capitalise on their one goal lead. Phillip Lahm’s right-footed cross fell to Douglas Costa who scuffed his shot at the back post. Unluckily for Arsenal, the ball dropped to the ever-prolific Thomas Muller, who slotted the ball in at Cech’s near post.
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A superb reaction save from Cech in the 43rd minute prevented a third Bayern goal. Again, Lahm crossed the ball from the right, this time to Muller, whose attempt was tipped over by Cech’s left palm.
However, a minute later, the Arsenal goalkeeper could not save his team from David Alaba’s powerful, curling shot, which flew into the top right corner to make it 3-0 to Munich.
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Arjen Robben made it four with his first touch of the game after coming off the bench. Costa slipped an out-side-of-the-boot pass to Alaba inside the box; the left-back slid the ball across goal to the Dutchman, who finished high into the net.
Oliver Giroud scored a fabulous goal in the 69th minute, but it was merely a consolation for Arsenal. The French international controlled a ball from Alexis Sanchez on his chest, before producing an acrobatic volley past Manuel Neuer.
Arsenal showed they would not completely keel over, displaying glimpses of good football, opening Bayern up on the counter-attack with some slick passing but were lacking a clinical touch.
Robben should have made it five when he was played through one-on-one with Cech in the 83rd minute. Despite initially looking offside, rounded the keep, but Mathieu Debuchy recovered brilliantly to make a last ditch tackle and put it out for a corner.
Muller did manage to get Bayern's fifth in the 88th minute. The away side lost possession on the edge of the Bayern box and Costa was away. The Brazilian led the counter with amazing speed, before passing to Muller, who curled the ball round Cech into the bottom corner.
It was the fifth time Munich have scored five goals at home this season and condemned the Gunners to an almost impossible escape route from Group F. Wenger's side need to win both of their remaining fixtures and hope other results go their way to qualify.