Does Bayern beating show Arsenal’s key man is Koscielny NOT Alexis?

Fans of Arsenal or any football club for that matter will usually come down on the side of the manager, as they are the main representative of the club, when a player is showing petulance on the pitch or if there are suggestions that they are causing problems in the dressing room.

The fact that we Gooners seem to be fairly split over the Arsene Wenger and Alexis Sanchez shows just how important a player we think the Chilean, while some of it is also down to the frustration over our fortunes for the last decade and the feeling among many that Wenger’s time is up.

Sanchez is clearly one of the best players in the Arsenal squad right now and even though his goals and assists do not tell the whole story of his impact they are impressive and without them the Gunners would be in even deeper trouble.

But he could not do much to stop us getting our asses handed to us twice in a row by a rampant Bayern Munich team. Actually it is three times in a row because they also beat us by the same 5-1 scoreline in the group stages last season, which was another game that Alexis started.

The common denominator in those three hammerings was the absence of Laurent Koscielny, who was not available for the game last season, was sent off very harshly last night and picked up a knock in Munich a few weeks ago. So in the last three clashes with Bayern without Koscielny the aggregate score is 14-1 but with him on the pitch it is 2-1 to us.

Does this show that it is the Frenchman who is the most important Arsenal player and not the Chilean?

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