Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Biggest Goats for Gunners in Champions League Loss

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:   Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and  Arsenal at Goodison Park on November 28, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Arsenal will need a near-flawless performance in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup with Bayern Munich next month after the Gunners almost failed to show up for the first leg.

Arsene Wenger's men fell 3-1 to Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern at home on Tuesday, putting themselves in a mighty hole (via BBC Sport on Twitter):

With the first leg in the books, let's look back at the biggest goats for Arsenal in its brutal 3-1 UEFA Champions League defeat.


Bacary Sagna, D

Bacary Sagna was just one of five Arsenal players to pick up a yellow card in Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Emirates. And while all four Gunners defenders were below average in the defeat, Sagna stood out as one of the club's biggest goats.

Sagna committed three fouls and made some sloppy challenges against a lethal Bayern attack.

The veteran star may have given a strong effort, but his play was sub-par based on what we've become accustomed to seeing from him over the years. Sagna was underwhelming getting forward as well, which likely disappointed Arsenal fans on Tuesday. 


Aaron Ramsey, M

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey only played about 70 minutes on Tuesday, but none of them were very strong.

Ramsey committed two fouls and picked up a yellow card before he was subbed out for Tomas Rosicky late. He managed to draw a couple of fouls, but in the end Ramsey left the pitch without even getting a shot off. 

The 22-year-old is still improving, but he looked lost in midfield at times against Bayern, demonstrating little confidence to make things happen on the ball.


Wojciech Szczesny, G

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will want Tuesday's performance back, that's for sure. The veteran keeper surrendered three goals at home, which could prove very costly with the Gunners now needing a handful of goals on the road in the second leg.

Bayern got off 17 shots, putting six of them on goal. But Szczesny was only able to save three of them.

Of course some blame must be given to the defense in front of him, as Arsenal's back line struggled all day long to contain Bayern's attack. But no matter how you slice it, Szczesny didn't provide the club with the brilliance it desperately needed from him.


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