Arsenal’s Battering No Surprise


It was predicted and it came to pass. Arsenal flew to Munchen and they were spanked. Many would say it was an embarrassment and in a way it was. It reminded me of the early days in Champions League when Arsenal could lose to Dynamo Kyiv. A 4-0 defeat against Barcelona at Wembley is still fresh in our memories as an awful night

Over recent years we have gotten used to systematically being battered by clubs in the Champions League; Barcelona so many times, Bayern so many times and AC Milan a few times. Results that have always questioned the Gunners’ merit in Europe’s football, they have all been embarrassing night outs on the pitch.

So for me 5-1 doesn’t change anything. I knew we would lose, I expected us to depend on Bayern’s win against Olympiakos in their next meeting. I expected us to sketch on beating Olympiakos probably with two clear goals in Greece to proceed for the round of sixteen. Of course also these factored our win over Zagreb as a constant dynamic. That didn’t change after Wednesday.

Whereas Wednesday’s result in Allianz Arena sent shock across Europe, it is one that the Gunners should not be worried about. We went there and did what was within our means. This season alone Bayern have had similar results against Europe’s best; Dortmund 5-1, Wolfsburg 5-1, Hamburg 5-0 and Dinamo Zagreb 5-0.

Considering Dortmund and Wolfsburg seat pretty second and third respectively in the Bundesliga, you can comfortably pronounce that Bayern is the best team in Europe. In the previous Champions League, they put 7 past Roma in a group stage match, another 7 past Shakhtar Donetsk in the knock out and 6 past Porto in the Quarter Final. They scored 4 or more in 10 league games. Including one 8-0 victory and two 6-0 victories.

Only a few have forgotten the season the spanked Barcelona 7 over two legs. So this Munich team is really capable of doing to any team what they did to Arsenal. No matter what team they were playing against on Wednesday, it was possible that they would have scored a couple of goals. At times it is just prudent that you take off your hat and say well done.

The Bavarrians are drilled with world class players who are able to produce goals from all corners of the pitch. Arsenal just need to dust themselves down and take the result as nothing. They should instead focus on the next games and surely I tell you, that battering in Germany will be forgotten when they thrash Tottenham on Sunday. Go Arsenal Go!



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