BERLIN, (Xinhua) — Bayern Munich cruised past Arsenal 5-1 to move a giant stride towards the round of the last 16 after the 4th round in Champions Leagues group stage on Wednesday.
The German record champions showed no mercy with the visitors from North London as Josep Guardiolas men established a four-goal lead within 55 minutes. Arsenal were able to score their consolation thanks to Olivier Giroud before Thomas Mueller rounded off the 5-1 win with his second goal of the night.
Bayern took over control with the starting-whistle to secure a fairy tale start on home soil as Robert Lewandowski made use of Thiago Alcantaras cross to head past Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech for his fourth goal of the Champions League season at the 10th minute.
Arsenal thought they restored parity just moments later but Mesut Oezils goal was disallowed due to a handball by the German international.
However, Bayern remained unimpressed and continued to press as Lewandowski came close twice before Mueller rewarded Bayerns dominant performance at the 29th minute. The striker capitalized on Kingsley Comans blocked shot to double the advantage into the bottom corner.
Arsenal failed to put up some resistance allowing the hosts to triple the lead just before the break as David Alabas solo run and curl overcame custodian Cech into the top right corner.
The hosts made the game safe after Arjen Robben came from the bench, tapping home Alabas build-up play into the roof of the net at the 55th minute.
With a four-goal lead behind, Bayern retracted and allowed Arsenal to score consolation after Giroud reduced the arrears with an acrobatic sideways scissor-kick at the 69th minute. Nevertheless, Bayern werent done with the scoring as Mueller sealed his brace to round off the 5-1 win.
With the result, Bayern are on the brink to book their ticket for the next round meanwhile Arsenals chances to progress into the last 16 compromised significantly.
The Bavarians sit atop the standings in Group F with 9 points followed by Olympiacos FC (9 points), Dinamo Zagreb (3 points) and Arensal FC (3 points).