Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal last night to get revenge for their defeat at the Emirates a fortnight ago, but basically the Gunners defence gifted them their five goals. Arsene Wenger was not at all happy with the performance and said after the game. “You have to give credit to Bayern first for their quality and on top of that we made things quite easy for them.”Le Prof said. “It was a bad defensive performance and we were extremely poor defensively. We were not at the races. The funny thing is that when we went forward we created good chances. We had a chance to score early but with a defensive performance like that, you go nowhere.
“My memory of 19 years is not too accurate if I’m supposed to tell you our worst defensive performance. It’s certainly not going to remain in my memory for anything positive. There is still a chance to qualify. Olympiacos have to lose here, we have to beat Zagreb and then we will see when we play Olympiacos away. It’s a small chance but it is a real one. We have to realise with that kind of performance that we had today that our chances are minimal.”
“No matter what percentage we have, we have to dig in for the chance to qualify. We now have to focus on the Premier League on Sunday and bounce back with a different performance because we are in a good position in the league. It’s important that we realise what we did today and we know that.
Arsenal were on a brlliant run up til last night, and Wenger is keen for this setback not to affect our performances in the Premier League. “We have to analyse it and not be too negative.” Wenger continued. “That’s top-level sport. You can understand that you have to be strong enough to face a performance like tonight. It was not good enough and we will have to focus on the next game. We live in a world where you have to face reality.”
Bayern Munich may have struck form yesterday, but Arsenal gave a masterclass in how NOT to defend against one of the best teams in the world. We may have been missing Bellerin and Koscielny, who will hopefully be back from injury for the Tottenham game, but that hardly excuses such a dire defensive display.
One positive from the game. Giroud scored yet again, although it was a little late to make any difference!