Arsenal are again in a tight situation of progressing in the UEFA
Champions League after going down to a 0-2 defeat at home against
Bayern Munich in their first leg Round of 16 tie at the Emirates on
The Gunners, who played the better part of the thrilling clash with
10 men, following the sending off of goalkeeper Wozecnh Schenzy in the
38th minute, now have a somewhat difficult task of turning the tables
against the reigning European Champions in the second leg billed for
the Allianz Arena.
In Wednesday’s clash, Arsenal did enjoyed a dominant start as the
Gunners started the game like a house on fire; bombarding the defence
of Bayern Munich from all fronts.
The fast start could have paid off for Arsenal as they were awarded a
penalty kick for an adjudged rash tackle on Mezut Osil.
The German international did stand up to take the resultant kick
himself but failed to get the ball in the back of the net as Bayern
goalkeeper Manuel Neur pulled a save to deny Arsenal an early lead.
From then on, the defending champions gradually settled down into the game and began to dominate possession.
Bayern had their own chance to go ahead in the first half when Arjen
Roben was fouled in the penalty box by Arsenal goalkeeper.
However the well taken penalty kick by David Alaba hit the bar to the delight of Arsenal fans.
Going into the second half, Bayern Coach, Pep Guardiola, fashioned a
wining strategy for his team and nine minutes after resumption Toni
Kroos fired Bayern into the lead.
The goal was the 100th goal of the
season for Bayerna. While Arsenal pressed fruitlessly for an equaliser
it was the visitors who got a two-goal cushion as substitute Thomas
Muller nodded in another goal deep into the second half.
In the other game in Italy, Atletico Madrid secured a late 1-0 win
over AC Milan to complete an interesting cycle which has seen all the away teams wining their first leg round of 16 ties.
Barcelona and PSG were also winners in Tuesday’s game away from home.