Things could not have gone worse for Arsenal in the Champions League tonight. They were thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich, and Olympiacos beat Dinamo Zagreb to take qualification out of the Gunners’ hands.
The only slight consolation for the Premier League co-leaders was that Olivier Giroud continued his good recent form with this superb goal, which demonstrated great chest control and a skilful finish.
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The France international striker now has five goals in his last six games – a strong turnaround in fortunes since his red card in September’s 2-1 loss to Zagreb started Arsenal’s European troubles.
Arsene Wenger’s side only have three points from their four Group F games and will be unable to progress to the knockout stages should Bayern and Olympiacos pick up just a single point more.
The Londoners gave themselves a chance of saving their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Munich a fortnight ago, but the Germans seemed set on revenge from the first whistle this evening.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring on 10 minutes, capitalising on a failed offside trap to head home his 18th club goal of the season. Thomas Muller made it two before the half-hour mark.
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Bayern were out of sight before the break as David Alaba’s 30-yard thunderbolt stunned Petr Cech, who was beaten again by a trademark Arjen Robben curler 38 seconds after his second-half introduction.
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Only when Pep Guardiola’s side had put their feet up did Giroud net a reply for Arsenal, but Muller had the last word for Munich on a damaging night for the Gunners ahead of Sunday’s North London derby.
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