Ruthless Mats Hummels: I don't feel sorry for Arsenal
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 15:54
Arsenal played like they tend to play when the pressure is off - and it was, because there was no realistic chance of turning around this Champions League tie after the 5-1 defeat in the first leg - in the first half, with Theo Walcott giving them a halftime lead.
However, Laurent Koscielny's harsh sending off proved a turning point after the France defender conceded a penalty which Robert Lewandowski duly dispatched without any problems.
What Wenger actually means is that the red card (correctly awarded) actually killed Arsenal's hopes of avoiding total humiliation. But then again I'm not letting the players off the hook as easy as that. We are obviously favourites for that game and it is a good opportunity to go to Wembley.
"I feel that the time has come", Gilberto told Sport360. "When you see the importance of the games and you see an attitude like that, I am absolutely revolted and sorry to the people who pay a lot of money to see this kind of game".
Arsenal's latest hammering in the Champions League, this time at the hands of Bayern Munich, sent them home at the last 16 stage for the seventh time in seven years.
With this win Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern are still in contention to repeat their 2013 treble, standing in stark contrast to Arsenal and Wenger as they stagger from one disappointment to another.
The Chilean worldwide has been in instrumental form this season with 20 goals and 17 assists in 35 appearances in all competitions, and while it's an ideal scenario to see him move overseas, it will be a major blow for Arsenal to see him leave at all. Things have happened. They need to stay in the dressing room and the players and staff need to sort it out.
Wenger, though, insisted on focusing on the decisions that the referee got wrong - and there were a few of them - rather than the capitulation after Arsenal went down to ten men. We knew what was going to happen - they were going to push.
Wenger said tactical factors had been the "unique reason" for his decision to start with Sanchez on the bench at Anfield, where Olivier Giroud and Welbeck started up front.
Silva played under Wenger for six years and was part of the "Invincibles" of 2003/04, and he thinks the injection of motivated young managers into the Premier League has made it hard for the Frenchman to keep up.
It was always going to be an uphill struggle for the Gunners following their first leg 5-1 drubbing in Germany last month.
Arjen Robben then put Bayern 7-2 ahead on aggregate in the 68th minute with a (you guessed it) curling left-footed finish past David Ospina.