Champions League - Group F
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Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
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 winexternal-link 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 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.


Bayern Munich

Formation 4-1-4-1

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


  • 5Benatia
  • 10Robben
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 23Vidal
  • 26Ulreich
  • 28Badstuber
  • 32Kimmich


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 3Gibbs
  • 6Koscielny
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Chambers
  • 45Iwobi
  • 49Macey
  • 54Reine Adelaide
Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamArsenal
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Bayern München 5, Arsenal 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Medhi Benatia (FC Bayern München).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Santiago Cazorla.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Iwobi replaces Olivier Giroud.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Xabi Alonso.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 4th November 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid431070710
3Shakhtar Donetsk410348-43
4Malmö FF410318-73


1Man Utd42115417
2PSV Eindhoven42026606
4CSKA Moscow411245-14


2Atl Madrid42117257
4FC Astana402228-62


1Man City43018539
4B Mgladbach402226-42


3B Leverkusen4112111014
4BATE Borisov4103411-73


1Bayern Munich4301133109
3Dinamo Zagreb410339-63


1FC Porto431094510
3Dynamo Kyiv41215415
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv4004111-100


1Zenit St Petersburg4400104612
3KAA Gent411245-14
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