Bayern forward, Arjen Robben has revealed how Bayern Munich defeated Arsenal on Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
The Gunners initially came from behind at the Allianz Arena to go into the break level at 1-1. However, the Gunners were jaded in the second half and ended the match on the wrong end of a humiliating 5-1 defeat; same way they were beaten last season by the Bundesliga title-holders.
Robben, who kick started the rout with his trademark goal in the 11th minute, felt Arsenal’s expansive style played straight into Bayern’s hands.
“It was a little bit like [exhibition] play from our side,” he told Dutch broadcaster Veronica TV.
“Our football wasn’t that great. It was a different game since they [Arsenal] are a team that want to play football. They gave much space away. We had some great attacking play.
“I can politically correctly say that there’s still 90 minutes to play for. But normally this is it. We said to each other ‘we need to finish it now’. We saw their heads were hanging. It’s not over, but we can’t let it slide now.”
He added: “I have to say I’m a little surprised at our good display – although on the other hand I’m not. We’re rock-solid when it’s do-or-die. The team just have great character.
“We shouldn’t have conceded the equaliser. Overall we dominated the match and were in control, scoring beautiful goals in the second half.”
The Bavarians will hope to complete the job at the Emirates in next month’s second leg clash.