Champions League: Thierry Henry Names 2 Arsenal Stars to Blame for Bayern Munich Defeat

Champions League: Thierry Henry Names 2 Arsenal Stars to Blame for Bayern Munich Defeat

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 18, 2024 at 4:54 AM
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  • Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday night, April 17
  • A 1-0 defeat in the second leg of their last four vs Bayern Munich sent them packing
  • Joshua Kimmich was Bayern's hero after he scored the only goal of the encounter

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Thierry Henry has blamed two Arsenal players following their heartbreaking Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

The Premier League giants were humbled 3-2 on aggregate to exit the elite European tournament on Wednesday night.

Arsenal players applaud supporters after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg match against FC Bayern München at Allianz Arena. Photo by Daniela Porcelli.
Arsenal players applaud supporters after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg match against FC Bayern München at Allianz Arena. Photo by Daniela Porcelli.
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The two teams settled for a 2-2 draw during their first leg meeting at the Emirates Stadium last week to throw the tie wide open ahead of the return leg.

However, it was Bayern who eventually sneaked through, courtesy of Joshua Kimmich's 63rd-minute goal.

The Guardian reports that the German star found the back of the net with a bullet header that flew past a helpless David Raya and into the top left to get Arsenal eliminated.

Henry blames Arsenal duo for UCL defeat

Henry has now picked out two Arsenal stars who he contends played a key part in their heartbreaking defeat against the Bavarians.

According to the French football legend, Gabriel Martinelli and Tahekiro Tomiyasu were primarily responsible for Kimmich's goal, which led to their elimination.

"There was a moment of bad decision, not only from [Gabriel] Martinelli but [Takehiro] Tomiyasu also, because he did not cover his centre-back for the cross or close that line," he told CBS Sports.

Arsenal will now shift their focus to the Premier League title race, with the side among the favourites to lift the crown.

Mikel Arteta's charges are currently sitting second in the standings with 71 points, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

The EPL represents the only chance for the North Londoners to end the season with a trophy despite their incredible run this term.

Sane embarrasses Tomiyasu

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on how Leroy Sane embarrassed Tomiyasu during their Champions League meeting.

In front of his home support, Sane pulled out a bag of tricks in the first half, leaving Takehiro Tomiyasu on the floor. Gabriel Martinelli also got duped by the sudden change of pace.

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