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Arsenal facing Champions League exit after humiliation in Munich

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Arsenal suffered their third defeat in Europe this season, after losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in what was an extremely embarrassing outing for Arsene Wenger’s men.

The dire defending was what let them down on the day, and had shown far too much respect to Bayern Munich giving them too much time and space when in possession. Of course Arsenal have their injury problems, but there are no excuses for the way in which they performed. They lacked passion and desire that all fans expect from their players, and quite simply let the fans down.

This was the first time in which Arsenal conceded five goals in the Champions League, which highlights how poor Arsenal are becoming in the competition. If they are not in it to win it then what is the point in turning up? Yes Bayern Munich are a fantastic side, and are arguably the best team in Europe at this moment in time. However, Arsenal are currently level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, so what’s stopping them from putting in a good performance in a big European game? They proved they are capable of doing it in their 2-0 victory over Munich at the Emirates, but it was a far different performance in the reverse fixture.

Despite the horrific display, there are some positives to take from the game. Petr Cech was once again outstanding in goal for the Gunners, not much he could do about the goals, but still made some fantastic saves to prevent the Germans from grabbing even more goals. Oliver Giroud also impressed as he scored the only goal on the night for the Gunners, after controlling the ball with his chest and then volleying the ball with power past Neuer.

As for the Germans, their efficiency in front of goal is incredible and the amount of attacking options they have to choose from is unbelievable. They are most certainly up there with Barcelona and Real Madrid as potential winners of the competition this year.

The Arsenal players have a fantastic opportunity to make up for their poor performance with the North London derby on Sunday. The Gunners will be slight favourites going into this fixture due to their league position. Although Arsenal cannot afford to underestimate Tottenham as they have only lost one league game this season. Will they be able to bounce back from this heavy defeat? Or will their bitter rivals rub salt into the wounds?


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