The recent loss of Arsenal to Bayern Munich during the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League was a disgrace. It has lead to people finding who to blame for the debacle at Emirates Stadium.
The first reason is that the second leg will be played in Germany against a superior Bayern Munich. The second reason is that Arsenal may go without a trophy in the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League.
While an easy target would be Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger, the blame should be shared among the players themselves. Jack Wilshere who is currently one of Arsenal’s best players went as far as to admit it.
It appears that the majority of the players did not give their best in this match. They had the pre conceived notion that they would lose since Arsenal is trophy less for a decade.
The psychological attitude became self evident during the match. Bayern Munich took advantage of the Gunner’s psychological weakness.
One example was when Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny conceded three goals to Bayern Munich without a fight. Szczesny was “sleeping at the post” when Bayern Munich defender Daniel Van Buyten used a head butt to score.
Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna was probably thinking about his future with the Gunners instead of the match. The Telegraph reported last January that Sagna was not saying whether he wants to stay with Arsenal or go.
Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla at least made an effort in the match. Unfortunately, my impression is that they were the ones attempting to cover the bases for Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud was another whose participation in the match reeked of mediocrity according to The Independent. The evaluation that Arsenal deserves for its pathetic participation in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is zero.
It is inevitable that Bayern Munich will win the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. The Germans appear to be stronger psychologically, efficient in their play, and have the home advantage.
The Gunners can turn things around but it requires a change of attitude, obedience to Wenger, and a desire to play.
Can the Gunners change their attitude in time for the next round of the UEFA Champions League? It is doubtful and the Gunners will keep losing in the process.
It is hoped that the Gunners can prove me wrong in this case and show that miracles do happen.
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