Arsenal's captain on the night Laurent Koscielny ​expressed his sheer disappointment as his side were crushed 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg.

In his post-match interview via the Daily StarKoscielny stated: “I think the first half was good - we were deep, like you need to be, and tried not to give them space or opportunities to score. It being 1-1 at half-time was good for us but after we conceded the second goal, I think we needed to stay more compact because we had a second leg at home.

“When you can win [there], you need to stay together, defend together with all 11 players and keep this.Tonight we didn’t. Bayern played very well - they have some top-class players who can make the difference in front.”

Koscielny picked up an injury just after the break and he was replaced by Brazilian defender Gabriel. Within 15 minutes of his substitution, Arsenal conceded three goals and it could have been much worse had goalkeeper David Ospina not made a string of quality saves.


When asked whether his departure was the main cause of Arsenal's capitulation, the Frenchman stated: It’s difficult because during a game like this against a team like this, you need to play together, to have a good spirit and to push yourself for your team-mates. When you’re sitting on the bench in the second half, it’s difficult. In the first half we did the job and in the second half with their quality it was more difficult.” 

Speaking on the possibility of a miraculous comeback at the Emirates in the second leg, the Arsenal defender concluded: “In football, you never know. We are professional, we have a second leg and we will try to win. But after a game like this it’s very difficult. But we’ll fight because we are professional and we play for Arsenal.”