Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich: Champions League Match Report

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Arsenal went out at the last 16 stage yet again to Bayern Munich after failing to overturn a 5-1 deficit from the first leg.

Bayern Munich dominated possession at the start of the game. Theo Walcott had an early chance for Arsenal but his first touch let him down and Manuel Neuer was quick to clear the danger.

Olivier Giroud, in for Danny Welbeck who fell ill during the warm up, got on the end of Alexis Sanchez’s cross but his header was inches wide.

Arsenal were rewarded for their promising start in the 20th minute when Walcott raced through on goal and fired into the roof of the net to give the Gunners a much-needed lead on the night.

There was a strong penalty appeal for Arsenal in the 33rd minute when Walcott was fouled by a clumsy Xabi Alonso but the referee waved away the protests.

Bayern Munich were not at their best in the first half and created just one clear chance.

Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were Arsenal’s best players in the first 45 minutes and they were 1-0 up at half-time.

They began the second half needing to score three more goals. Within four minutes Giroud had another chance to increase Arsenal’s lead. This time it was Aaron Ramsey’s cross that the French forward failed to connect properly with.

The tie was over once again in the 54th minute. Laurent Koscielny was sent off for fouling Robert Lewandowski in the area. Lewandowski converted the penalty with ease to restore Bayern’s four-goal cushion.

Once again Arsenal had given themselves too much to do thanks to their performance in the first leg. Arsene Wenger’s side had plenty of chances but they weren’t clinical enough whereas Bayern had one chance and made it count.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the first leg and scored again in the 68th minute at the Emirates to put the tie completely to bed. David Ospina was partly at fault, the Arsenal keeper guilty of overplaying at the back. Just a few minutes after scoring his goal, Robben was substituted and Douglas Costa replaced him.

Arsenal made a triple substitution in the 72nd minute. Aaron Ramsey, Giroud and Sanchez came off. They were replaced by Francis Coquelin, Mesut Ozil and Lucas Perez.

Costa scored Bayern’s third goal with 12 minutes to go and then Arturo Vidal pounced on a mistake from Shkodran Mustafi to slot home and make it 4-1. Bayern ensured that it was 5-1 in both legs when Vidal scored his second goal of the game.

After starting so well, Arsenal crumbled after Koscielny was sent off. This was a carbon copy of the first leg and once again Arsenal were humiliated. Bayern were 10-2 winners over two legs against Arsenal and progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. For the Gunners, they went out at the last 16 stage for the seventh successive season.

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