Five things Arsenal can learn from Wolfsburg's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern

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The following information could be useful for the Gunners.

5. Guardiola takes the upcoming match against Arsenal very serious and clearly does not think that Bayern has one foot in the next round because of their 2-0 victory in the first leg.

His starting line-up against Wolfsburg was without Mario Götze and Thiago Alcantara, two of Bayern’s best players in the last couple of weeks, and also without their top scorer Mario Mandzukic.

Obviously he wanted to give all these important players a break before the match against Arsenal.

4. Bayern had a lot of problems with Wolfsburg’s aggressive playing style during the first 60 minutes.

Bayern’s Mueller called it afterwards a “nasty pressing” that Wolfsburg had played against them. That’s exactly what they don’t like and what can cause problems for the composition of their game.

3. This aggressive pressing works only if your players are fit enough as it costs a lot of power.

Wolfsburg’s players looked tired and worn out after 60 minutes when the match was still open with a 1-1 draw. After that Bayern scored five goals in the following 20 minutes which was a clear sign that Wolfsburg’s player weren’t in the physical condition anymore to keep up their intensive playing style of the opening hour.

A team as good as Bayern punishes that immediately.

2. The match began to take a positive direction for Bayern after they had brought in Thiago and Mandzukic for Xherdan Shaqiri and Toni Kroos.

Kroos in particular didn’t have a good match and it often took him too long to play the ball whereas Thiago made some brilliant passes after he entered the pitch. Mandzukic also scored twice after his entrance.

1. Everybody from the offensive players can score, so Arsenal won’t have to focus especially on one player.

Last week Arjen Robben was the hero with three goals against Schalke and this time Thomas Müller and Mandzukic scored twice while Robben gave two assists.

Taking into account that their supposedly best offensive player Mario Götze wasn’t even playing, then one can only imagine how lucky a coach like Guardiola has to be with all the options that his players leave him.

By the way, Ribery played for the first time in two weeks after an injury and also scored a goal.

Arsene Wenger should definitely try to get the video tape of this match between Wolfsburg and Bayern. The first 60 minutes are very interesting to see how you can cause some problems for Bayern and the other half an hour includes all the mistakes you should try to avoid when they are your opponent.

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