Muller plots Bayern's Arsenal revenge

The Germany forward suggested the team are strong at home and is confident that they can get a better result against the Gunners next time


Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich will produce an improved performance against Arsenal when they have the benefit of playing in front of their own fans.

Pep Guardiola’s men fell to a 2-0 Champions League defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday after conceding late goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil.

The win for Arsenal leaves Group F wide open with just three points separating all four sides, although Bayern remain top, level with Olympiacos on six points.

A positive result for Bayern when they welcome the Gunners to Germany on November 4 will put them in a strong position to qualify and Muller is optimistic about his team’s chances.

“We lead our group and have a home game,” he said. “We know it won’t be easy – it is the same team who beat us.

“Only the location changes but we know that we are strong at home. With the fan support we can come away with more points than we did here.”

The 2014 World Cup winner feels Bayern had good spells in the match against Arsenal and refused to criticise goalkeeper Manuel Neuer over the mistake which led to Giroud’s opener.

Muller continued: “Manuel is confident enough and also I don’t blame him. He kept us in the game once or twice and these kinds of situations are never easy.

“Football at this level is never a clear thing. It is always close. We had the game under control, especially in the part of the game where they scored.

“We had chances of our own and the second half was especially good from us. The first 30 minutes also – only the 15 minutes before the break were problematic for us.

“They countered us a couple of times. Arsenal have very good players for counter-attacks, who are very fast and have good techniques.

“All in all we did more right than we did wrong but in sport you can always lose.”

Muller, 26, scored twice in Bayern’s opening group game against Olympiacos but did not find the target in either of their two subsequent matches.

Nobody expected Arsenal's gameplan against Bayern Munich, says Mertesacker

The Gunners shut out the Bavarians in a disciplined display, with the centre-back confirming victory bolsters his team-mate’s confidence of progressing from the group


Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker  believes his side’s determined tactical display in their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League took everyone by surprise.

Arsene Wenger’s side hosted Bayern on the back on defeats in their opening Group F matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, while a third consecutive defeat on Tuesday would have all but ended their hopes of progressing.

Yet the disciplined Gunners, who defended deep with just 27 per cent possession of the game, restricted Bayern as late goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil secured a vital home win.

Following the result, Mertesacker felt their tactics produced a performance that nobody could have predicted.

“Nobody expected us to stand that deep and to catch them with counter attacks,” he said in the mixed zone.

“This was our gameplan and it was a good one. We wanted to hold the 0-0 scoreline as long as possible. Sometime later – we did know that – we would get our chance. We are really happy of our performance. We were a unity.

“It’s impossible to shut Bayern off for 90 minutes. We did not allow them much and defended well. You have to keep Bayern as calm as possible [before hitting them], this was the key.”

Arsenal must travel to Allianz Arena for the reverse fixture at the start of November, and Mertesacker feels their confidence will now be raised on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory.

“To defeat this club in this way raises our self-confidence. We will travel to Munich with chests out,” the 31-year-old continued.

“It was [felt like] a release in the Champions League. We go step by step. The chance to get to the round of 16 is now bigger.”

Nobody expected Arsenal's gameplan against Bayern Munich, says Wenger

The Gunners shut out the Bavarians in a disciplined display on Tuesday, with their boss confirming victory bolsters his team’s confidence of progressing from the group stages


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side’s determined tactical display in their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League took everyone by surprise.

Wenger’s side hosted Bayern on the back on defeats in their opening Group F matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, while a third consecutive defeat on Tuesday would have all but ended their hopes of progressing.

Yet the disciplined Gunners, who defended deep with just 27 per cent possession of the game, restricted Bayern as late goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil secured a vital home win.

And following the result, Wenger felt their tactics produced a performance that nobody could have predicted.

“Nobody expected us to stand that deep and to catch them with counter attacks,” he said in the mixed zone.

“This was our gameplan and it was a good one. We wanted to hold the 0-0 scoreline as long as possible. Sometime later – we did know that – we would get our chance. We are really happy of our performance. We were a unity.

“It’s impossible to shut Bayern off for 90 minutes. We did not allow them much and defended well. You have to keep Bayern as calm as possible [before hitting them], this was the key.”

Arsenal must travel to Allianz Arena for the reverse fixture at the start of November, and Wenger feels their confidence will now be raised on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory.

“To defeat this club in this way raises our self-confidence. We will travel to Munich with chests out,” the 65-year-old continued.

“It was [felt like] a release in the Champions League. We go step by step. The chance to get to the round of 16 is now bigger.”

Cech: Arsenal could have lost to Bayern Munich without my saves

The custodian was delighted with his contributions in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich, and hopes the result can kick-start their European season

Petr Cech believes Arsenal could have lost their Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich had it not been for two crucial saves he made when the tie was still goalless.

The experienced goalkeeper denied Thiago Alcantara early on at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, before preventing Robert Lewandowski from opening the scoring after the break.

Late goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil then helped Arsenal to a vital victory, keeping alive the Gunners’ ambitions of progressing from the Champions League group stages.

The win prompted Cech, an off-season recruit from Chelsea in the summer, to state how delighted he was with his own contribution to the team’s success.

“I think there were two key moments,” Cech told Arsenal’s official website.

“Obviously if Thiago had scored early in the game then they would have had control of the game so it was a very important save at the start.

“And then I’m obviously glad I made the save against Lewandowski as in that moment we could have been 1-0 down, but instead in a few minutes we were 1-0 up and [that] basically decided the game.

“As much as it went up and down and there were chances and shots and it was very entertaining, it looked like one goal might decide it.

“We are glad that we were the team that scored the goal.”

The win over Bayern has boosted Arsenal’s hopes of making it to the knockout stages following defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos in their opening Group F matches.

However, Cech acknowledged they are still in a difficult situation, and stated Arsene Wenger’s side must look to climb off the bottom of Group F when they travel to face Bayern at Allianz Arena in November.

“Obviously we are back in the game but our position has not changed much as Olympiacos won their game and obviously they have the home advantage in the next leg so we still need more points,” he continued.

“We go to Munich knowing we can compete with them and we are positive another game awaits where we can get points.

“Obviously it will depend on how the game will go but it has been a great night and let’s see what will happen in the future.”

The Gunners are joint-bottom of the group with Dinamo follow Tuesday’s win, but now trail leaders Bayern and Olympiacos by only three points.

Neuer not to blame for Bayern defeat – Guardiola

The Catalan insisted his custodian was not responsible for die Roten’s late collapse to Arsenal in the Champions League

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola denied goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was at fault for Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Champions League.

Bayern’s 12-match winning streak in all competitions came to an end in London after Neuer’s late error helped Arsenal to a vital victory in Group F.

Neuer misjudged Santi Cazorla’s free-kick and the German international found himself caught out of position as substitute Olivier Giroud headed home the 77th-minute opener.

Mesut Ozil then sealed the points in stoppage time but Guardiola refused to blame Neuer, who had produced two brilliant saves to deny Ozil and Theo Walcott earlier in the match.

“The first half he had some great saves,” Guardiola, who had rued die Roten‘s inability to finish their chances, told reporters.

“Never in my life have I criticised a player for taking decisions if correct or not correct. We did not lose because of Manuel Neuer.

“This is football and he took a decision in that situation – that is it.”

The Bavarians are still top of Group F on six points despite their loss at the Emirates, and are due to host the Gunners at Allianz Arena in November.