20-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned about Arsenal in loss v Bayern Munich
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Iwobi should be dropped
Arsenal’s academy product Alex Iwobi should be dropped from the side after failing to make a major impact against Bayern Munich. Arsene Wenger could consider leaving out a number of players after the 5-1 hammering, but Iwobi is certainly one in danger. The 20-year-old clearly has the potential to be a top player at the north London club, but needs a spell out of the starting line-up. The Gunners should recall Danny Welbeck to the side and leave out Iwobi until he recaptures his best form. He showed he was not ready to deal with the big stage in the Bayern loss and that is to be expected of such a young player. Iwobi is currently going through a difficult spell and a spell out of the side could be in his best interests.
Champions League over for another season
Arsenal must now play a second leg against Bayern in March, but the contest is already over. A 5-1 defeat is an unassailable lead for the German heavyweights and Wenger’s side will be playing only for pride in the return leg. They have been knocked out of the last 16 in the previous six seasons of the Champions League and have suffered the same fate once again. Arsenal appeared to be in the tie at the break when they were level at 1-1, but capitulated in the second-half to write a familiar story for supporters. The north London club are still yet to taste success in the Champions League and Wednesday’s result proves they are still someway off the mark.
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Koscielny is heartbeat of the side
Arsenal were 1-1 at half-time and looked to be heading towards an impressive result at the Allianz Stadium. However, the game turned on its head when centre-back Laurent Koscielny was forced off injured with a suspected hamstring injury in the 49th minute. Bayern went on to score four unanswered goals and it can’t be understated how crucial Koscielny is to the side. The defender is the captain of the side and clearly the main leader in the backline. They fell apart when the France international was forced off, with Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel really struggling to deal with the Bayern movement. Wenger will be praying that Koscielny will be able to make his comeback sharpish as they look a poor side without him.
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