Rio Ferdinand reacts to Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing by Bayern Munich
Rio Ferdinand has his say after Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich on Wednesday night
Rio Ferdinand says he was left disheartened by Arsenal’s lack of fight during their 5-1 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The north London side were torn to shreds in the second half of their last-16 clash at the Allianz Arena after going in 1-1 at half-time.
Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Ferdinand said: “Arsenal got dismantled in the second half.
“In the first half they had Bayern on the ropes. It was 1-1 and looked like they could go on and get a positive result. I didn’t see 5-1 at half-time but Arsenal just couldn’t deal with it.
“Koscielny going off was a huge factor in it. They looked spineless. There was no fight, no aggression. That was the disheartening thing, for me.”
Arsenal fell behind early on at the Allianz Arena when Arjen Robben curled home a superb shot into the top-left corner in the 13th minute.
However, the north London side battled back when Alexis Sanchez managed to divert the ball past Manuel Neuer after his initial penalty was saved.
Things took a turn for the worse for the Gunners after the break when Laurent Koscielny was forced off injured early on in the second half.
Robert Lewandowski handed the home side the lead when he headed past David Ospina to make it 2-1 to the hosts.
And two quick-fire goals from Thiago made it 4-1 to the German side, before substitute Thomas Muller made it five in the 88th minute.