Champions League: Thierry Henry Blames One Arsenal Player for Bayern Munich Equaliser on Tuesday

Thierry Henry contends that Declan Rice bears responsibility for Bayern Munich’s equalising goal during their 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Bukayo Saka kicked off the scoring in an electrifying first leg of the quarter-final clash at the Emirates Stadium. However, Bayern swiftly leveled the score in the 18th minute, with Serge Gnabry capitalising on a moment of poor positioning from Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya and a loose pass from Gabriel Magalhaes.

A brilliant pass from Leroy Sane found its way to Leon Goretzka, who then delivered a perfectly placed ball for Gnabry to slot past Raya with precision.

During the sequence leading up to Bayern’s equaliser, Henry pointed out Rice’s positioning and criticized Arsenal’s £105 million acquisition for his attempt to intercept Sane’s pass to Goretzka, ultimately leaving space for the Bayern midfielder to exploit.

“The goal of Gnabry and what Declan Rice should have done at that particular moment, because you’re the police officer and a mistake happened, you have to rectify it,” Henry said during his analysis for CBS Sports.

“More often than not he does it, but he didn’t do it tonight.

“We talk about the goalkeeper coming, we talk about the back pass, but look at the distance between the two centre-backs, and I know at that particular moment it doesn’t look like that you’re going to be in trouble.

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“At that moment you cannot make the three steps he’s going to make. Leroy Sane wasn’t born yesterday, you make those three steps, Goretzka sees it and runs in behind because look at the gap between Gabriel and Saliba, and you have a man [Gnabry] running.

“If he [Rice] stays and sees the guys all in front of him, nothing happens.

“But as you know, when you lose the ball you tend to want to go [to close down] because he thought it was going to be a short pass.

“But he’s [Sane] clever, he’s [Goretzka] clever, and on that one you are not.”

When questioned about whether Saliba could have predicted the pass, Henry responded: “You’re dea.d. You can’t.

“He’s aware of Gnabry coming. It’s a hell of a pass. It’s Leroy Sane on the ball, it’s not a guy at the bottom of the Premier League on the ball.

“You go there, the guy on the ball saw it, that’s on you, you shouldn’t lose that ball. I’m just saying Declan Rice at that particular moment, just don’t go, [stay in a] back three and you see Gnabry, Sane and Goretzka coming.”

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