Gunners in shock after double blow

IN JUBILANT MOOD: Bayern Munich's Schweinsteiger (left) celebrating next to Mario Mandzukic after scoring against Arsenal during their Champions League round of 16 second-leg match in Munich on Tuesday.


    Mar 13, 2014

    Gunners in shock after double blow


    ARSENAL were left reeling on Tuesday after their Champions League exit was followed by news that record signing Mesut Oezil will be out for a few weeks.

    The German, signed by the Gunners for £42 million (S$87 million), was injured in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

    Holders Bayern booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after advancing 3-1 on aggregate following a 2-0 win in the first leg in London three weeks ago.

    "Oezil has a hamstring injury and it looks quite serious," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "He will miss (Sunday's) Tottenham game for sure, he needs a scan. He's out for at least a few weeks."

    The news could not have come at a worse time for the Frenchman. His side had started the season brightly but have stumbled in recent weeks and are now third, seven points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand.

    On Tuesday, a second-half Bastian Schweinsteiger goal gave Bayern a brief lead before Arsenal's Lukas Podolski equalised with a thunderbolt of a shot.

    Wenger blamed Wojciech Szczesny's first-leg red card for the Gunners' Champions League last-16 exit and slammed Arjen Robben for provoking the sending-off.

    The Gunners finished with 10 men in London after Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli sent off the goalkeeper for conceding a spot-kick with a foul on Robben.

    "Overall in the two games, what made the difference was the decision to send our goalkeeper off (in the first leg)," said Wenger.

    "It was not a red card, as simple as that.

    "Robben is very good at getting something out of nothing, he's a good diver, but that's part of his game."

    A furious Robben denied Wenger's diving claims. "I expect more of great managers, they don't need to resort to claims like that," said the Dutch winger.

    "I don't want to have to defend myself against remarks like that."