Arsenal weren’t expected to win at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena. Even though the Bavarians are not the machine-like team they have been in recent years as they transition from the Pep Guardiola era to Carlo Ancelotti’s reign, they still possess a squad littered with top-class international footballers and were widely expected to overcome the Gunners.
Alas, a 5-1 margin of victory was not in many fans’ thoughts before the first whistle sounded in Germany, yet that was the final score as Arsene Wenger’s Gunners were taught a lesson in football by the Bundesliga champions, who dominated from the get go.
A number of Arsenal players were slated for their showings, not least Mesut Ozil, but Francis Coquelin may have endured his worst 77 minutes for the Londoners before he was hooked by his boss…
As the numbers show, the Frenchman was never really in the game, completing just six of his nine passes, while getting on the ball only 23 times. To put that into perspective, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer played 24 passes with a completion rate of 71% and touched the ball 32 times. As well as this, the defensive midfielder completed zero tackles and committed only two fouls, illustrating the level to which he was off the pace.
Wenger may get a lot of criticism for the result, but he was let down by some of his key players.