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Five-star Bayern overwhelm Arsenal

Published: Wednesday 4 November 2015, 22.56CET
Bayern 5-1 Arsenal
Thomas Müller scored two with Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Arjen Robben also on target in an attacking masterclass from the Bavarians.
by Jordan Maciel
from Fußball Arena München

Match statistics

BayernArsenal

Goals scored5
 
1
Possession (%)66
 
34
Total attempts21
 
7
on target13
 
2
off target4
 
3
blocked4
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
1
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
8
Fouls suffered6
 
8
Passes765
 
329
completed713
 
271

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 14/06/2016 17:10 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 4 November 2015, 22.56CET

Five-star Bayern overwhelm Arsenal

Bayern 5-1 Arsenal
Thomas Müller scored two with Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Arjen Robben also on target in an attacking masterclass from the Bavarians.

  • Bayern crush Arsenal with devastating display in Munich
  • Robert Lewandowski heads home team into early lead (10)
  • Thomas Müller and David Alaba increase advantage
  • Arjen Robben scores with first touch; Müller adds late fifth after Olivier Giroud reply
  • Next games: Bayern v Olympiacos, Arsenal v Dinamo Zagreb (24 November)

Bayern München produced a clinical performance to overpower Arsenal in Munich, Thomas Müller scoring two of their five goals as the Group F leaders ran amok.

Bayern looked to assert their dominance from the start with Arsenal attempting to press high and give their hosts little time on the ball. That approach was undone in the tenth minute, Thiago Alcántara delivering a perfect cross to meet Robert Lewandowski's brilliantly timed run; the Pole expertly headed in his fourth goal of this season's UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal appeared to bounce back immediately when Mesut Özil had the ball in the net, but the effort was ruled out for handball. Instead it was Bayern who did the majority of the pressing, and only a impressive save from Petr Čech prevented Lewandowski's arcing drive doubling their advantage.

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Jérôme Boateng clears the danger

Arsenal's football was quick and fluid, though it rarely resulted in a chance on goal. Bayern showed how it was done again in the 29th minute when Müller collected Kingsley Coman's mis-hit shot to slot in at the near post with the help of a sight deflection off Per Mertesacker.

Things went from bad to worse for the Gunners just before the interval as David Alaba dispossessed Santi Cazorla and curled into the top corner from 25 metres to make it 3-0.

With the points all but won, Josep Guardiola introduced Arjen Robben early in the second period and was rewarded less than a minute later. Alaba turned provider this time, setting up the Dutchman for a tap-in 37 seconds after his introduction.    

Olivier Giroud's acrobatic volley gave Arsenal something to show for their labours at last, but fittingly the last word belonged to Bayern. Müller scored his second and his team's fifth in the 89th minute, firing past Čech to round off an impressive home display.

Čech: The better team won

Key player: David Alaba
His most memorable moment was without doubt the long-range strike, but the Austria left-back offered plenty more, keeping Mathieu Debuchy and Joel Campbell busy all night and teeing up Robben's goal with a composed cutback.

Bayern's cutting edge
For all their possession and dominance in the reverse fixture, Bayern had failed to score in north London. This was the complete opposite and there was little Čech could do to stop any of the goals.

Arsenal short of ideas
Despite an impressive opening, Arsène Wenger's men offered very little in attack after going behind. They looked comfortable in possession and Alexis Sánchez showed glimpses of promise as they sought to break down the left, but Giroud was too often isolated up front.

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Last updated: 05/11/15 10.43CET

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

arsenal

Arsenal

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
33
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
6
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker (C)
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Goal10
Substitution71
5
GabrielGabriel
11
Douglas CostaDouglas Costa
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
Yellow Card11
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
12
GiroudOlivier Giroud
Goal69
Substitution85
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Substitution68
17
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
18
MonrealNacho Monreal
25
MüllerThomas Müller
Goal29
Goal89
19
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution87
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
Goal44
28
CampbellJoel Campbell
Yellow Card24
Substitution59
29
ComanKingsley Coman
Substitution54
34
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin

Substitutes

26
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
49
MaceyMatt Macey (GK)
5
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
Substitution68
3
GibbsKieran Gibbs
Substitution59
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution54
Goal55
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
13
RafinhaRafinha
20
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Substitution71
21
ChambersCalum Chambers
Substitution87
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
45
IwobiAlex Iwobi
Substitution85
32
KimmichJoshua Kimmich
54
Reine-AdélaïdeJeff Reine-Adélaïde

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Padovan (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Antonio Damato (ITA), Carmine Russo (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution