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