Champions League - Group F
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Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal

Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben came off the bench to score with his first touch

Arsenal face a tough task to qualify from Champions League Group F after being outclassed by Bayern Munich.

The Gunners suffered a torrid first half as Robert Lewandowski's header, Thomas Muller's snapshot and David Alaba's strike put the hosts 3-0 up.

Arjen Robben's first-time finish and a Muller breakaway strike came either side of Olivier Giroud's volley.

A record-equalling European defeat leaves Arsenal six points behind Bayern and Olympiakos with two games left.

The Greek side's 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb, achieved via a 90th-minute winner, means that qualification is out of Arsenal's hands and they are in danger of failing to reach the knockout stages for the first time in 13 seasons.

Mesut Ozil had a goal ruled out for handball when the score was 1-0 and Arsene Wenger's team improved after the break.

But Bayern's relentless pressing and ability to pounce on defensive errors exposed the visitors, who lost for a third time in four Champions League group games.

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny was ruled out with a hip injury hours before kick-off and his replacement, Gabriel, was partly at fault for two of Bayern's three first-half goals.

With a groin injury to right-back Hector Bellerin, the Gunners now have 10 players on the injury list.

The first-half heat map
The first-half heat map (Bayern left, Arsenal right) shows how much time Bayern spent in Arsenal's half

Where does this leave Arsenal?

After defeats by Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, the Gunners are attempting to become the first team since Galatasaray in 2012 to reach the knockout stages after losing their first two group games.

Beating Bayern at home a fortnight ago gave the Gunners optimism but they must now make up a six-point gap to second-placed Olympiakos, who they face in their final group game on 9 December after hosting Zagreb on 24 November.

Arsenal need to beat Zagreb and hope Olympiakos lose their next game, at Bayern, who are yet to qualify for the knockout stages.

That would set up an intriguing final match in Greece where the Gunners would have to beat Olympiakos by two clear goals after conceding a sloppy winner in their 3-2 defeat at the Emirates on 29 September.

Arsenal
Arsenal are in danger of failing to make the knockout stages for the first time in 13 seasons

Arsenal cannot cope with Bayern masterclass

By the break, goalkeeper Petr Cech had made several good saves as Pep Guardiola's team peppered the Gunners' goal with 15 shots, and 12 on target.

Bayern's Thiago linked play in midfield and fed the likes of Muller and Kingsley Coman on the flanks while Douglas Costa supported Lewandowski through the middle.

And with full-backs Philipp Lahm and Alaba joining the attack on a constant basis, Arsenal could barely get out of their own half.

They had legitimate cause to question the decision to disallow Ozil's goal as the German kept his arms by his side as the ball was fired into him at pace by Nacho Monreal.

But with Lewandowski among the goals, scoring his 18th goal in 17 games this season, the game was as good as over at half-time and Robben added insult to injury when he came off the bench after 54 minutes to score with his first touch.

Gunners pay for missing players

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud scored his fifth goal in six games, with arguably the best goal of the night

Arsenal travelled to Germany with some confidence having picked up a win and a draw on their previous two visits to the Allianz Arena.

They also inflicted the Bundesliga champion's first defeat of the season a fortnight ago.

But with Bellerin and Koscielny, who both played in that 2-0 win, adding to Wenger's injury problems, their replacements struggled.

Gabriel tried to push up to play Lewandowski offside for the first, but the Polish striker continued his goalscoring form with a clever header.

The Gunners defender also backed off when left-back Alaba collected the ball 25 yards from goal and beat Cech with some ease.

Arsenal could not cope with the pace of Bayern's passing and counter-attacking, and after an encouraging start to their Premier League season, this defeat is hardly the best preparation for the north London derby on Sunday.

Stats you need to know

  • This is Arsenal's equal heaviest defeat in European history, they lost 4-0 v Milan in February 2012.
  • Arsenal have conceded five goals in a European game for only the second time (5-2 v Spartak Moscow in 1982/83 Uefa Cup).
  • Lewandowski has scored seven goals in his last seven Champions League games.
  • Robben scored after being on the field for just 37 seconds (his first touch).
  • Giroud has scored in three of his last four Champions League matches against Bayern Munich.

What's next?

Arsenal host Tottenham on Sunday while Bundesliga leaders Bayern are at home to Stuttgart on Saturday.

Line-ups

Bayern Mun

  • 1Neuer
  • 21Lahm
  • 17BoatengSubstituted forBenatiaat 68'minutes
  • 8Javi Martínez
  • 27Alaba
  • 14Alonso
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 25Müller
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 29ComanSubstituted forRobbenat 55'minutes
  • 9LewandowskiSubstituted forVidalat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Benatia
  • 10Robben
  • 13Rafinha
  • 23Vidal
  • 26Ulreich
  • 28Badstuber
  • 32Kimmich

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 2Debuchy
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 5Gabriel
  • 18Monreal
  • 34Coquelin
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forChambersat 87'minutes
  • 28CampbellBooked at 24minsSubstituted forGibbsat 59'minutes
  • 11ÖzilBooked at 12mins
  • 17Sánchez
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forIwobiat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 6Koscielny
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Chambers
  • 45Iwobi
  • 49Macey
  • 54Reine Adelaide
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
70,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home13
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, FC Bayern München 5, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 5, Arsenal 1.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Thomas Müller tries a through ball, but Douglas Costa is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! FC Bayern München 5, Arsenal 1. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Douglas Costa following a fast break.

Foul by Medhi Benatia (FC Bayern München).

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Santiago Cazorla.

Offside, Arsenal. Petr Cech tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Olivier Giroud.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

Attempt blocked. Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a cross.

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Xabi Alonso.

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Francis Coquelin.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Arturo Vidal replaces Robert Lewandowski.

Attempt missed. Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! FC Bayern München 4, Arsenal 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Medhi Benatia replaces Jerome Boateng.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Alexis Sánchez.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Joel Campbell.

Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! FC Bayern München 4, Arsenal 0. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by David Alaba.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Arjen Robben replaces Kingsley Coman.

Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Francis Coquelin.

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid431070710
2Paris St G42115147
3Shakt Donsk410348-43
4Malmö FF410318-73

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd42115417
2PSV Eindhoven42026606
3VfL Wolfsburg42024406
4CSKA411245-14

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benfica43017439
2Atl Madrid42117257
3Galatasaray411257-24
4FC Astana402228-62

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City43018539
2Juventus42205238
3Sevilla410357-23
4B Gladbach402226-42

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona431082610
2Roma4121101005
3Bayer Levkn4112111014
4BATE Bor4103411-73

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Mun4301133109
2Olympiakos43016609
3Dinamo Zagreb410339-63
4Arsenal4103610-43

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto431094510
2Chelsea42117347
3Dynamo Kiev41215415
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv4004111-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P4400104612
2Valencia42025506
3KAA Gent411245-14
4Lyon401327-51
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