Bayern Munich on brink of Champions League progression
Bayern Munich were too good for Arsenal in the Champions League
Many football pundits did not expect that Arsenal would prove to be an easy task for Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium, even though they were up against in-form German opposition in the Champions League last-16.
It is however, in no doubt that the Bundesliga leaders outclassed the Gunners in every department on Tuesday night, especially in the first half where Arsenal had no clue of what was going on.
Bayern Munich were calmer and more composed than Arsene Wenger's side, even though they were the away team. There must have been some nerves in the visitors' camp at the start of the match, as they do not have a great record against Premier League teams in England.
Nevertheless, those nerves were settled by an early goal from Toni Kroos, and what a wonderful strike it was from the young German, who has continued to impress since his induction to the Bayern Munich first-team.
Jupp Heynckes's side were not troubled in the first-half as they doubled their lead through Thomas Muller in the 21st minute.
In the second half Arsenal changed their strategy and gave Lukas Podolski a more central role. This resulted in some decent moves, but the Germans held their composure. However in the 55th minute, former Bayern Munich talisman, Podolski, pulled a goal back to narrow the deficit. And, in the minutes that followed, came Arsenal's best spell of the match.
Arsenal not only attacked in numbers, but also tested Manuel Neuer in the Bayern Munich goal. Olivier Giroud forced a magnificent save from Germany’s number one goalkeeper, before Heynckes swung the game back in Bayern Munich's favour, making two brilliant substitutions.
He brought in Luis Gustavo for Kroos and Arjen Robben for Frank Ribery - the Brazilian did what he knows best, breaking down Gunners attacks along with Spaniard, Javi Martinez.
However it was the combo of Dutchmen, Robben and Bayern Munich skipper Phillip Lahm which resulted in the third goal which more or less settled the tie for the four time European Champions.
A fast break from Robben and a magnificent run down the right side from Lahm resulted in the third goal which was claimed by Mario Mandzukic.
The Croatian's goal now means that Arsenal must score at least three goals at the Allianz Arena to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. This, however, looks highly unlikely with the quality that Bayern Munich possess, even without their midfield maestro, Bastian Shweinsteiger, who is suspended for the return leg.
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