10 Man Arsenal Lose To Bayern
Arsenal have lost their champions league tie with current holders Bayern Munich 2-0, after being reduced to 10 men. Earlier on in the game Mezut Ozil saw his softly hit penalty kick get saved by Manuel Neuer. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba also hit the post from the penalty spot, just before half time.
Arsenal look destined to perish at the same stage of the Champions League and against the same opponents as last season after Bayern Munich won convincingly at Emirates Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course in their bid to become the first side to retain the Champions League as second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller gave them an emphatic advantage in their last-16 first-leg tie.
It will be a night of regrets for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his players after Mesut Ozil’s careless early penalty was saved by Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer and opposite number Wojciech Szczesny was sent off before half-time for fouling Arjen Robben in the area.
Toni Kroos completed the same number of passes as the 12 Arsenal outfield players combined (147). David Alaba was also wasteful as he hit the post from the resulting penalty – but there was no escape for 10-man Arsenal after the break as Bayern’s greater numbers and quality proved decisive.
The outstanding Kroos scored spectacularly from 20 yards just after half-time and substitute Muller headed in the second two minutes from time.
Arsenal won 2-0 in the second leg last season, going out on away goals, but it is hard to see them producing the three-goal winning margin they require against a Bayern side that are arguably stronger under Guardiola than it was when they claimed the crown last season.
Manchester United manager David Moyes was an interested spectator and it is likely Bayern’s Kroos was the object of his attentions after being linked with a move to Old Trafford.