BAYERN THRASH 10-MAN ARSENAL 2-O

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FOOTBALLArsenal suffered a massive defeat in the hands of the winners of last season’s champions, Bayern Munich on Wednesday night at Emirates Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s men reduced Arsenal chances of winning the UEFA Champion’s League cup after thrashing the North London side 2-0.

Bayern remain on their course in their bid to become the first side to retain the Champion’s League after Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller gave them an emphatic advantage by scoring a goal each in the second half.

It was a night of regrets for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his players after Mesut Ozil’s careless early penalty was saved by Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off by referee Nicola Rizzoli before half-time for fouling Arjen Robben in the area.

However, David Alaba wasted the resulting penalty as he hit the post – but there was no escape for 10-man Arsenal after the break as Bayern’s greater numbers and quality proved decisive.

Szczesny’s replacement Fabianski made a number of decent saves, but could not keep out Kroos’ strike in the 54th minute. Kroos spectacularly scored just after half-time from 20 yards away just after half-time.

Just when it appeared Arsenal might escape with only a one-goal deficit, substitute Muller headed in the second goal just two minutes from time.

Gunners’’ captain Per Mertesacker made the following comments after the game:

“I think we started well; would have deserved one goal at least.

We dropped after the red card, but we kept our defensive spirit. It (second goal) is a blow, last year we lost here 3-1 and it was worse than now.

We are looking forward to Munich and why not repeat the form of last year.

BY JOSEPHINE OTIENO