Ex-Liverpool and Bayern defender Markus Babbel: ‘Arsenal always mess up big games’

Posted by - February 18, 2014 - All News, Arsenal, Champions League, Germany

Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is predicting victory for his old side Bayern Munich in their Champions League tie against Arsenal – because the Gunners always mess up big games.

The 41-year-old thinks Bayern will just need to keep their concentration in order to assure their progress in the tournament because Arsene Wenger’s side are like to choke against the reigning European champions.

Asked if Arsenal are strong than when they met Bayern last season, Babbel replied: “No. And they’ve got a lot of injuries. If Bayern concentrate, they won’t have any problems.

“You see it in the Premier League: Arsenal always mess things up in big games.”

Compatriots Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski came in for individual criticism.

Babbel said Ozil “still needs to work on his physicality”, and said of Podolski: “I didn’t think he’d make it in England, to be honest, he was always far too lazy at Bayern and Cologne.”

Former Germany international Babbel played 170 games for Bayern before moving to Anfield in 2000.

  • london

    he has a point about the big games…. like sunday! wait a minute!!!

  • Immaculate clive

    Markus Babbela a former looserpool player. What do you expect from him. Just like Micheal Owen……………………DELUDED

  • Gaz

    Deluded? Against Man City, got smashed, against Liverpool at Anfield, got smashed, couldn’t beat Man Utd, lost to Bayern, this isn’t delusion on Babbel’s part, this is fact, it’s more likely delusion on your part for not seeing it.

  • Immaculate clive

    Arsenal and Liverpool met thrice this season the same useless, weak Arsenal beat them twice. In the quarter final of FA cup Arsenal played them with second string players.
    Liverpool are doing well at the moment which is good for football but don’t take it too far.
    Nothing is won yet
    As for your insult to me it simply shows that you lack class cos i was not referring to you.

    To say Arsenal messing up in BIG GAMES IS biased, myopic comment.
    Arsenal 1st English team to beat Real Madrid(with Zidane, Backham) and AC Milan(with Kaka of 2007/2008) at HOME.
    Arsenal thrashed Inter Miland 5-1 at home(san siro).
    Arsenal 1st English team to beat the current defending champion Bayern at home(Germany).
    Arsenal beat Barca(the team at their peak) with Messi, Inista and Xavi) at the Emirate.

    I AM NO ARSENAL FAN…. i resent people that make comment without recur to history or out of pure bitter prejudice against Arsenal and Wenger