Wenger praises Giroud, Bellerin after Arsenal’s win

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Bayern Munich travelled to the Emirates riding a 12-match win streak, but that ended today as Arsenal downed the German giants 2-0.

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Bayern controlled more than 70-percent of possession and completed 765 passes to Arsenal’s 278, but couldn’t find the back of the net as one of Europe’s most potent attacks was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season.

Arsenal is usually the side to keep possession and knock the ball around, as this result showed the Gunners can change their style and still win matches, something Arsene Wenger‘s sides have been criticized for in the past.

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After the match, Wenger praised the play of Olivier Giroud, who came on as a substitute to give Arsenal a more direct option. The move worked, as Giroud scored the game-winner on a header just minutes after he entered the match.

I would give him some credit because it is not easy, he has always played and he had a bit of a dip in form. I have seen that in the last two weeks that he is coming back to his best but the focus he brings and the spirit he shows is he is a winner. He gives us a different option when it does not work on the ground, he gives us options in the air and both Walcott and Giroud I like. I just have to use both of them in the right way.

Wenger was also pleased with the play of Hector Bellerin, who was given the incredibly difficult task of marking Douglas Costa on the wing. Douglas is one of the fastest and most skilled players in the game, and despite getting beaten a few times, Bellerin stayed strong to help Arsenal keep the clean sheet.

I think Costa is a top-class player. What I like is two top level players, in the end Hector found always the resources in the last 10-15 minutes to get on top of him and that is fantastic to see from a boy of 20 years-old.

Of course [Bellerin will learn from this], he was top level. I like the fact that he has that desire to get on top of his opponent until the last minute. That competitive edge he brings to the game.

After a huge win at the Emirates, Arsenal must now travel to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich again, as the Gunners still sit at the bottom of Group F.