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Revealed: What Manuel Neuer really said about Arsenal

12:49 AM GMT+4 21/02/2017
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The German was quoted by the British media as describing last week's 5-1 win as a "holiday", although that's not really accurate at all

Manuel Neuer has been quoted as referring to Bayern Munich's 5-1 victory over Arsenal as being like a "holiday" across the UK media, but the goalkeeper's words have been widely mistranslated.

Bayern stormed to a four-goal lead in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena last week, leaving Arsene Wenger's men on the brink of exiting the competition.

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Neuer, who's enjoying a midweek off with no game until Saturday against Hamburg, put a message on his Facebook page for his 9 million followers on Wednesday that raised many eyebrows when simply run through Google Translate.

Many English language media outlets translated the 30-year-old's post as: "After the holiday last Wednesday, yesterday was a hard day of work again."

Nach dem Feiertag am vergangenen Mittwoch war das gestern wieder ein harter Arbeitstag.

Posted by Manuel Neuer on Sunday, 19 February 2017

However, what Neuer's post actually translates as is ever-so-slightly - but crucially - different to what's been widely reported.

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"After the celebration last Wednesday, yesterday was a hard day of work again," the World Cup winner wrote.

Neuer's enjoyed 14 clean sheets in 2016-17 from 31 games under Carlo Ancelotti, who replaced Pep Guardiola when he joined Manchester City in the off-season.

Reigning German champions Bayern are five points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga with 13 matches left to play.