Arsenal were torn apart at Allianz Arena by Bayern Munich by a 5-1 goal-line on Wednesday’s Champions League night, pushing the Gunners to the brink of an early exit from the group.
Arsene Wenger, who watched the horror show from the dugout is furious at his sides defensive display and believes that his side will not qualify, if they play like this again.
Thomas Müller scored twice; while Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Arjen Robben got on target in an attacking masterclass from the Bavarians. Oliver Giroud got the consolation goal for the Londoners.
Arsenal are rock bottom in Group F with 3 points following the 2-1 victory of Olympiakos against Dynamo Zagreb and even if they win the next 2 matches, they need to relay on luck to see them progress from the group. Both Bayern Munich and Olympiakos are now on 9 points with the Germans on top aided by better goal ration.
Talking to the journalists at the post match conference, the experienced French coach said ” We still have the chance to qualify but those chances are at a minimum. If we play like we did here, we will not qualify.”
The defeat is also the heaviest Champions League defeat since they suffered a 4-0 thrashing at AC Milan in 2012.
“Firstly we have to give credit to Bayern but we made it easy for them with a poor defensive play,” Wenger added.
“If we play like this we are going nowhere. This game will not remain in my memory as nothing positive happened at all.”
Arsenal now have to beat Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos comphrehensively by atleast 2 goal differnce and hope Olympiacos lose to Bayern.
Wenger added, “We have to face reality: this is top-level sport and we have to understand that today our performance was not good enough. We live in a world where you have to face reality.”
At the same time Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is full of praise for this side after his side bounced back from the defeat against Arsenal a week ago.
“This was the right reaction. We lost in London but our performance was good. Today was like a final for us. It was a big step and we have nearly qualified. Now we must win our game against Olympiacos to finish top of the group.” he commented.
Arsenal will host Dynamo Zagreb next, on 24th November 2015 while Bayern Munich plays at home Olympiakos on the same day. The Gunners must clearly win this match and the Bavarians must beat the Greeks to set up an exciting grand finale in the final round of Group F matches on 9th December.
If the Greeks pull out a surprise or even a draw at Allianz Arena, its all over for Arsenal.