Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team’s mental breakdown was the reason behind the humiliating defeat at Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 at the Allianz Arena. Decline Bundesliga leaders Arsenal suffered a 5-1 second loss in several seasons after another away after the first half.
The opener was canceled out a stunning Arjen Robben goal Alexis Sanchez in the opening 45 minutes. Half of which have been deprived of the north side of London has taken the lead after Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil by Manuel Neuer. Captain on the night of Laurent Koscielny went off injured in the second half and was the catalyst for the demise of the loss is staggering.
Robert Lewandowski headed home and Thiago Alcantara hit twice, the second blow after a corner kick deflected half of the survey, all within 10 minutes before releasing substitute Thomas Mueller came home and turn off the display wheels Arsenal. Wenger was at a loss to explain the result, but he says the lack of mental fortitude saw Bayern run away with the win.
“It’s hard to explain,” said Arsenal coach BT sport. “Before the end of the first half we had a couple of chances in the 2-1. We went back and we played well and we were unlucky in the second goal to give the corner for us and the ball on the pitch and playing with the second ball and we have four players above.
“We concede the second goal, and this is one, and in the second half of the most important we have lost Koscielny very quickly, which came in a 1-1 draw and suddenly it seemed that collapsed. Mentally we broke down and overall I must say that they are better than us team as well. They played well so in the second half and we were a bit lucky, too. well done Bayern were better than us.
“I’m not looking for excuses. I look forward to an explanation. We were very solid defensively and then of course it is very difficult. It’s a shock to lose like that at this level, and on top of that we did everything was wrong and the fifth goal shows that.
“We were [in control], but these types of games that you need something in your side and be focused for 90 minutes. I felt it was the third goal murderer of our players, after that we had no response. We have to recover and focus on our next game.”
Non-league Sutton United host Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup tournament next Monday [February 27] in the next game for the club, but it is not yet known whether Koscielny will be available. It has been replaced by French international player after 48 minutes because of an ankle problem, and after we confirmed the extend of the damage.