Last night was the match all Arsenal and Bayern Munich fans had been waiting for and a chance for the Gunners to try and prove how much they had improved since last year's thrashing at the hands of Bayern in the Emirates, but how did the current European champions and Arsenal fair in this last 16 Champions league match?
From the early minutes in the game, Bayern had most of the possession and had a scare with an early shot from Toni Kroos that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved well. The surprise for many Arsenal fans was that regular starter Olivier Giroud did not feature on the team sheet and was replaced by fellow Frenchman Yaya Sanogo, who also had a shot on target that was well saved by Manuel Neuer.
The build up-play to the shot was good, with many short passes just outside the box putting the Bayern defence under pressure - showing us a more confident Arsenal team than we saw last season who conceded two goals in 21 minutes.
Arsenal where awarded a penalty within 10 minutes of the first half with some nice quick snappy passing leading to Bayern defender Jerome Boateng bringing down Mesut Ozil inside the box and getting a yellow card. The man who was brought down stepped up to take the penalty but the shot was stopped by Neuer who saved Bayern from going 1-0 down.
It all went downhill from there for the Gunners when, 37 minutes into the game, Dutch winger Arjen Robben was brought down inside the box by Szczesny and he was given a red card which has been strongly contested by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and fans alike.
Santi Cazorla was sacrificed for Lukasz Fabianski. When David Alaba stepped up to take the penalty, hit the post and watched as it went wide.
After 54 minutes, midfielder Toni Kroos shot a screamer from outside the box which floated into the top corner.
Thomas Muller may have sealed the deal on the Gunners' Champions League dream in the 88th minute when the German forward scored a header after receiving a nice ball in from Phillipp Lahm.
So the question is do Arsenal have what it takes to score two or three goals when they travel to Germany for the return leg?
I don't think they do, although it can be argued that Arsenal last year did come back from the depths to beat Bayern 2-0 at the Allianz Arena.
I just don't see Bayern Munich not scoring at their home stadium with Arsenal's number one goalkeeper Szczesny out. Bayern shoud not have much trouble in getting even one goal that will put Arsenal completely out of the race for Champions League glory.
For Bayern, they will really need to step up in the return leg and prove to their rivals in Europe that they are serious contenders to win the Champions League again this year.
So is this the end for Arsenal or will we see a miracle comeback at the Allianz Arena this year for the Gunners?
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