Arsenal 1 Bayern Munich 3: We’re letting Wenger down, says Wilshere
Arsenal 1 Bayern 3: Jack Wilshere says the Gunners players - and not Arsene Wenger - are to blame after first-leg defeat
Jack Wilshere says the Arsenal players – and not Arsene Wenger – are to blame after Bayern Munich were comfortable winners in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at The Emirates.
The Bundesliga leaders made the perfect start when Toni Kroos fired past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the seventh minute before Thomas Mueller’s close-range finish doubled the visitors’ advantage.
Arsenal were rewarded for a much-improved start to the second half as Lukas Podolski capitalised on confusion in the Bayern area to halve the deficit with 35 minutes remaining.
But the Bavarian side restored their two-goal cushion after Mario Manduzkic bundled his effort past Bacary Sagna and Szczesny to leave the Gunners on the brink of elimination.
“It’s nothing to do with the manager, he puts us on the pitch, it’s down to us to perform,” Wilshere told BBC Sport.
“The players have to take responsibility, the manager has been here for 16 years and he’s done a great job. There’s always a chance [in the second leg], we take it to their place, and we need a few goals.
“We have the players to do it, we just have to start better.”
Wilshere admitted Arsenal were made to pay for another sluggish start, which has been a reoccurring theme throughout the north London side’s season, both domestically and in Europe.
“We didn’t start great and that’s been a thing for us this season,” he added.
“In the second half we stepped it up and it’s unfortunate we didn’t do that in the first half.
“I’m not sure why, maybe it’s a bit of nerves or anxiety because we show what we can do when we play, we will look at it and try to put it right.”