Arsene Wenger says Arsenal ‘weren’t at the races’ as they were hammered 5-1 by Bayern Munich.
Having preached the importance of intelligent defending and player discipline the manager before the match the boss watched on helpless as his injury-hit side endured their worst ever defeat in European competition.
Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Arjen Robben scored the goals as Pep Guardiola’s side pressed the Gunners so much our defence was turned to juice.
“You have to give credit to Bayern first for their quality and on top of that we made things quite easy for them,” the boss noted after the match.
“It was a bad defensive performance and we were extremely poor defensively. We were not at the races. The funny thing is that when we went forward we created good chances. We had a chance to score early but with a defensive performance like that, you go nowhere.
“My memory of 19 years is not too accurate if I’m supposed to tell you our worst defensive performance. It’s certainly not going to remain in my memory for anything positive.”
Attention now turns to Sunday’s North London derby – a pretty good game to shift attention away from a battering – and Wenger says he’ll be looking for his players to turn the page.
“We have to analyse it and not be too negative. That’s top-level sport. You can understand that you have to be strong enough to face a performance like tonight. It was not good enough and we will have to focus on the next game. We live in a world where you have to face reality.”