Bay­ern thrash Arse­nal 5-1 to all but as­sure them­selves a quar­ter-fi­nal spot in the Cham­pi­ons League

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half, de­spite Arse­nal sit­ting back so deep. That space shouldn’t have been al­lowed given how far back they were fall­ing, ren­der­ing the whole ex­er­cise use­less.

Sanchez cer­tainly felt so. Right through that first 25 min­utes, he was wildly ges­tic­u­lat­ing for Arse­nal to play much higher up the pitch. His team­mates weren’t do­ing that, though, so he de­cided to do it him­self.

On 25 min­utes, he took the ball just in­side the Bay­ern half and de­cided to just run at them. It brought a des­per­ate at­tempt at a tackle from an ex­posed Mats Hum­mels — and also brought Arse­nal back into the game. Some­thing def­i­nitely changed with that mo­ment. Bay­ern sud­denly went from slick to slack, Arse­nal from timid to feel­ing this was on. It cer­tainly looked on when Lew­nad­owski some­what un­luck­ily caught Lau­ren­tKo­sciel­ny­for­what­wasstil­lapenalty. Sanchez­may­have­had­hisspot­kick­saved,but it felt like the kind of night where he wasn’t go­ing to be de­nied, as per­fectly dis­played by how he spun on the ball to bril­liantly put the re­bound past an irate Manuel Neuer. The Ger­man was scream­ing at his de­fend­ers again when he had to get down for what prob­a­bly should have been a goal from Granit Xhaka, the Swiss mid­fielder clearly look­ing to make amends af­ter a talk­ing-to from Wenger for re­peat­edly get­ting caught out of po­si­tion.

He and Arse­nal were sud­denly look­ing in a much bet­ter po­si­tion. It seemed, how­ever, that this was to be a game of con­spic­u­ous mo­men­tum-turn­ing mo­ments. Shortly af­ter half-time, Ko­scielny went off in­jured and Arse­nal seemed to lose all their as­sur­ance along with their cap­tain.

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