Arsenal were embarrassed yet again, no thanks to awful officiate at the Emirates last night. 5-1 down from the first leg In Munich, the Gunners put a spirited display against Bayern Munich until the referee Tasos Sidiropoulos pulled the trigger and sent Koscielny off. After that moment, it went south.
Wenger made changes to the team that lost 3-1 at Anfield. In came Ospina, Ramsey, Sanchez, and Walcott. Welbeck was scheduled to start but illness ruled him out and Giroud had to be drafted in to start.
Theo Walcott scored a beauty in the 20th minute but was denied a clear penalty by the referee and his assistant in the 33rd minute. The referee even had the luxury of overlooking Vidal’s stamp on Sanchez. The first half ended 1-0.
In the second half, the referee and same assistant decided to twist fate and hand over the game to the Bavarians. Lewandowski fell like a man mountain like he was stung by Koscielny. It was not an infringement but the referee pointed to the spot and gave the Arsenal captain a yellow card. Seconds later, the referee brandished a red to Koscienly after consultation with that same referee.
These officials need to watch the Kano Pillars 1-3 Enyimba game played in the Nigeria Professional Football League where the referee ignored the call of an assistant to make the right call for Pillars’ 3rd goal. The officials at the Emirates last night were just awful.
In Munich, Arsenal conceded 4 goals after Koscielny went off injured. Last night, his red card resulted in another 4 goals shipped in. While the 5th conceded for the night looks offside, the red card took out the spirit at the Emirates. The introduction of Ozil, Perez and Coquelin could do little.
Sanchez was so awful last night, lost in the game and even gifting the Bavarians a goal before he was subbed off. The Chilean even had the freedom to laugh on the bench. Sad. He can leave. Arsenal will be.
5 losses in 7 matches, 7 consecutive elimination in the 2nd round of the Champions League, 10-2 aggregate loss, the biggest defeat at the Emirates and it is sad times for Wenger and Arsenal. The Gunners have to quickly pick up themselves and see off the season in the best possible way.