Jamie Redknapp: Arsenal were "crippled with fear" in Bayern Munich defeat

Bayern players celebrate after Toni Kroos gives them a 1-0 lead over Arsenal on February 19, 2013
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Jamie Redknapp thinks that Arsenal were "crippled with fear" in their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Jamie Redknapp has said that Arsenal were "crippled with fear" in their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners were beaten at the Emirates in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, and Redknapp believes that they were playing with fear against last season's beaten finalists.

"Arsenal looked crippled by fear at times, while Bayern seemed invincible," Redknapp said in his column in the Daily Mail.

"Arsenal's passing style is something I really admire. They play the game the right way and in Jack Wilshere they boasted one of the outstanding performers of the night. But when faced with a team as defensively strong as Bayern, Wenger needs to be more direct.

"For 45 minutes Arsenal really struggled."

Arsene Wenger's side travel to the Allainz Arena for the return leg on March 13.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the FA Cup third round replay against Swansea on January 16, 2013
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