Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
Kick off: February 19, 2014 7.45 PM BST
The Gunners were understandably overrun in the possession stats, reduced to 10 men in contentious circumstances after 37 minutes, and unfortunately failed to score despite an exciting start to the game.
Arsene Wenger made a shock decision to include youngster Yaya Sanogo, a former Ligue 2 free transfer who made a case for his inclusion with a promising display against Liverpool. The home side started strongly, piling on the pressure and were awarded a penalty after some fantastic work from Wilshere and Ozil.
The German unfortunately missed, and his confidence went downward as a result. Bayern were then handed a massive advantage when Szczesny received his marching orders for taking out Robben, even though the Dutchman touched the ball away from goal rather heavily. It was a definite penalty but not a red.
Luckily Arsenal were able to call upon Fabianski to step up to the plate and was saved by his post – game on. Well… it was supposed to be, however the game had the life punched out of it and Arsenal defended for their lives.
An unusually low 21% possession was compounded with two well taken goals from Pep Guardiola’s side.
Despite the Gunners backline doing their best to keep the reigning champions out, at least one goal was inevitable at some point. However to concede a second away goal was a big blow but a repeat of last years heroics will cut the mustard this time round.
Here is the match report infographic: