Bayern München avenged their recent defeat to Arsenal with a 5-1 hammering of the Gunners in their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.
- Bayern 5, Arsenal 1
- Lewandowski opens scoring
- Muller and Alaba make it 3-0
- Robben adds fourth
- Giroud grabs consolation, Muller makes it five
Robert Lewandowski put the Bavarians in front on the 10 minute mark before Thomas Muller doubled their advantage soon afterwards to put the Gunners on the back foot early on.
Things then went from bad to worse for the Premier League side as David Alaba added a superb third to end the game as a contest before half-time.
Arjen Robben came off the bench to add a fourth before Olivier Giroud grabbed a consolation for the Gunners. Muller eventually got his second to complete the rout and avenge their defeat at the Emirates.
Bayern started the game much like they did in the first leg and enjoyed much of the early possession as Arsenal looked solid in defence to start and dangerous on the counter-attack.
As the half wore on, however, Bayern started to impose themselves on the game and got the breakthrough when Thiago lofted an exquisite ball to the far post that found an unmarked Lewandowski and the Poland international glanced his header past Cech in the Gunners goal.
Arsenal had the ball in the back of the net in response almost immediately when Ozil met Nacho Monreal's cross but the referee adjudged that the German of handled the ball and the goal was disallowed.
Bayern continued to look dangerous going forward and were soon two goals to the good when Thomas Muller picked up the loose ball in the box and placed a perfect finish past Cech on the near post.
The Bavarians utterly dominated the first half and eventually added a third in sublime fashion when David Alaba shrugged off two tackles and fired an unstoppable curling effort into the top left corner.
After the break, and the Gunners enjoyed a far better start to the half but were unable to make anything of their early possession.
Pep Guardiola then introduced Arjen Robben into the fray and the Dutchman made an instant impact, slotting home with his first touch after an excellent cross from Alaba.
The Gunners got a consolation 20 minutes from time when Alexis Sanchez found Olivier Giroud in the box and the Frenchman expertly controlled it on his chest before firing past Manuel Neuer.
With time winding down, Robben found himself one-on-one with former teammate Petr Cech and rounded the goalkeeper before being superbly tackled by Mathieu Debuchy, saving a certain goal.
Bayern looked to content to see out what was a comfortable win but an excellent run from Douglas Costa on the counter-attack saw the Brazilian play in Muller and the German fired an excellent finish to cap off the rout.