Bayern were superior to Arsenal, admits Cech

The former Chelsea goalkeeper has acknowledged the Gunners were not good enough to hold off the German giants, but is adamant they can still progress in Europe

Petr Cech has admitted Bayern Munich were superior to Arsenal in Wednesay’s Champions League encounter at the Allianz Arena, but refuses to give up hope of reaching the knockout stages.

Arsene Wenger’s men had recorded a 2-0 win over the Bundesliga champions in the reverse fixture, but were outclassed in Munich as Bayern cruised to a 5-1 win.

“It’s tough to take but in a way you have to accept that the team you were playing against was superior to us today in everything they did, especially in the first half,” Cech told the official Arsenal website.

“You now need to win two games and we need to make sure that the head to head against Olympiacos is in our favour. Then you can go through.

“Everything is possible. We have two games to play, we have to regroup and continue fighting until the last minute.

“It was not a day we wanted, but every game comes thick and fast. You need to make sure that you recover and move on to the next one.”

Arsenal sit fourth in Group F with three points from four games, trailing second-placed Olympiacos by six points.

Robben doubtful for Netherlands friendlies

Oranje star is focusing on his fitness after admitting he does want to aggravate the thigh injury which left him on the sidelines for around eight weeks

Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben could miss Netherlands’ friendlies against Wales on November 13 and Germany four days later.

The 31-year-old recently returned to first-team action at Bayern after a spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury he sustained against Iceland on September 3, and was included in national team coach Danny Blind’s provisional squad for this month’s games.

Nevertheless, Robben, who came off the bench in the second half to score Bayern’s fourth goal in Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League victory against Arsenal, has made it clear he does not want to take any risks and prioritises his fitness over representing his country at this stage.

“We will have to wait and see whether I will play against Wales and Germany. I will discuss my situation with the club to see what is a sensible decision here,” Robben told SBS6.

“We have to think hard about what the right decision is in my situation. My main goal now is to remain match fit until the winter break. I want to play a series of games and get some stability again. The past six months or so were terrible. I had not been injured for a while, got injured and then got another injury right away.

“Pre-season was no good for me. and then I picked up that injury versus Iceland. All in all, it has not been a good start to the season for me. That is why I am only thinking about staying fit right now.

“We will see how these friendlies fit into my schedule. We will discuss it with Bayern, the KNVB and Danny Blind. After that, we will make a final decision.”

Robben has collected 87 caps so far, scoring 28 goals for Oranje.

Guardiola: Opening goal key in Arsenal thrashing

The Spaniard felt his team were nervous until they opened the scoring but was delighted with their “great first half” as they gained revenge on the Gunners

Pep Guardiola hailed an excellent first-half display from Bayern Munich after his team put Arsenal to the sword 5-1 in the Champions League.

Bayern suffered a surprise 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium in Group F two weeks ago and Guardiola felt the Bundesliga champions made an initially nervy start to the return fixture on Wednesday.

Robert Lewandowski’s 10th-minute goal settled the hosts into an ominous rhythm and Thomas Muller made it 2-0 before the half hour.

Full-back David Alaba added a stunning third and laid on the fourth for substitute Arjen Robben, while Muller rounded off the scoring after Olivier Giroud netted a consolation for Arsenal

“We played a great first half,” said Guardiola as Bayern stand on the brink of a place in the last 16.

“We lost some easy balls in the first 10 minutes, but we found it easier at 1-0 up and kept getting better with the fans behind us.

“It was hard because it is an opponent who plays good football. We are almost qualified for the next round and that’s what counts.”

The goalscoring feats of Lewandowski and Muller once again captured the imagination, but Guardiola was keen to highlight a superb performance from midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

The former Barcelona man set up the opening goal with a wonderfully flighted pass and continued to torment Arsenal throughout the 90 minutes.

“He’s a big player and personality,” Guardiola added. “He’s very strong in the important games. He still has a lot to learn though.”

'I did not recognise my team' – Wenger slams Arsenal after Bayern rout

The Frenchman was upset with his side’s display at the Allianz Arena but insists the Gunners can still qualify for the knockout stages

Arsene Wenger offered a scathing assessment of Arsenal’s defending in the humbling 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The Premier League team bounced back from Group F defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos to secure a rousing 2-0 victory over Bayern at Emirates Stadium two weeks ago – a result that was emphatically avenged by the Bundesliga champions.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 10th minute and, after Mesut Ozil had a goal disallowed for handball, Thomas Muller made it 2-0 before the half-hour mark.

Full-back David Alaba scored a stunning third and laid on the fourth for substitute Arjen Robben either side of half-time, with Muller grabbing his second in the final minute after Olivier Giroud netted a classy consolation.

Injuries deprived Wenger of right-back Hector Bellerin and centre-back Laurent Koscielny, but the manager had little sympathy for the players that took to the field in their absence at the Allianz Arena.

“You have to give credit to Bayern for their quality, but we made things easy for them,” the Frenchman told reporters.

“We were extremely poor defensively – not at the races.

“Defensively, I did not recognise my team.”

Arsenal must win both remaining group matches to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout rounds, but Wenger is not giving up hope entirely.

“There is still a chance to qualify,” he added. “It’s a small chance, but there is still a real one.”