Date: 15th February 2017 at 9:43pm
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were mauled in Munich by Bayern 5-1 in the first-leg of their Champions League tie.

The result has left facing another exit in the Last 16, unless of course a miracle occurs.

With this in mind, here are my player ratings from tonight’s game in Germany:

– Had a fairly comfortable first-half in Munich, making one or two good saves, and could do nothing about Arjen Robben’s opener. Was called into action a lot more in the second-half and made a great reflex save at 3-1. Conceded five but could do nothing about them. 5.5/10

Hector Bellerin – Very rarely ventured forward and, at times, had trouble containing the likes of David Alba and Douglas Costa. 4/10

Shkodran Mustafi – The German started off well but his positioning lacked as the game wore on. Not his best display for the Gunners. 3.5/10

Laurent Koscielny – Marshalled the back-line well but picked up a knock to earn ’s penalty. Was replaced in the 47th minute by Gabriel. 5/10

Kieran Gibbs – Much like Bellerin, Gibbs was also isolated going forward and did more defending than attacking during the 90 minutes. It was too be expected though, as he, along with Iwobi, struggled with and Robben. 4/10

Francis Coquelin – Kept his position well in midfield but looked physically knackered as the game wore on, such was his chasing down the ball. 4/10

Granit Xhaka – Should have done better with his 16-yard volley to put 2-1 ahead and the Swiss midfielder struggled to get into the game. Rarely touched the ball. 3.5/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Was deployed on the wing to accommodate the returning Xhaka in midfield and rarely saw the ball such was Bayern’s dominance in possession. Was dispossessed near his own box which led to Bayern’s fifth of the night. 3/10

Alex Iwobi – Looked lost on the field as his passing was off and never got into the game. Too big a game for the youngster. 3/10

Mesut Ozil – Got a few touches on the ball but couldn’t get his creative juices flowing. Looked disinterested at times as he was without the ball most of the game. 3.5/10

Alexis Sanchez – Ran a lot of yards and tried to press the Bayern defence when without possession, but due to a lack of service, the Chilean was pretty much nullified. Saw his penalty saved but latched on to the rebound to get ’s away goal, which will probably turn out to be a consolation one. 5/10


Gabriel – Played the majority of the second-half and although he got some good challenges in, the Brazilian was no match for Robert Lewandowski and Bayern’s pacey forwards. 3.5/10

– On for Iwobi in the 66th minute and didn’t make a huge difference to ’s attack. 3.5/10

Olivier Giroud – Came on for Coquelin in the 77th minute, why, I don’t know, as the Frenchman offered nothing new. N/A