Bayern Munich v Arsenal
UEFA Champions League
Kick off: March 11, 2014 7.45 PM BST
A spirited performance from an Arsenal side which deserves a lot of admiration for the way they played. Coming back against the European Champions after a red card and a 2-0 deficit from the first leg was always a lot to ask, but the players left everything on the pitch and put in a magnificent effort. Here are the player ratings:
Lukasz Fabianski | 8.0: Lukasz was fantastic at times tonight, pulling off some great saves, as well as making a fantastic double stop for a Bayern penalty late on. His distribution was poor for the most part, but that was his only weakness.
Bacary Sagna | 7.5: Struggled with the overlapping of Alaba and Ribery at times, but got forward when he could and was solid at the back.
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Per Mertesacker | 8.0: Was ever present at the back, making several fantastic headed clearances. He was also seen making great decisions to come out of defence and intercept a couple of dangerous passes.
Laurent Koscielny | 7.75: As ever his partnership with Mertesacker was rock solid. His athleticism and ability to defend the one on one situations were vital tonight. Made a clumsy challenge at the end of the game to concede a penalty, but you could understand the frustration, the tiredness, and the need to win the ball quickly and get it up the field.
Thomas Vermaelen | 7.75: Our captain put in a great performance being played out of position. I feel we sorely missed Gibbs as Vermaelen doesn’t get forward as much, but defensively he was fantastic.
Mikel Arteta | 7.5: Arteta was great at times, but the fact that he picked up a first half yellow restricted him a little. He made a couple of vital interceptions in front of the back four, but struggled with the pace at times.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 8.5: (MotM) An unbelievable performance from the Ox, being the only shining light in the first half, and really causing Bayern problems with his mazy runs and intelligent play. He faded a little in the second half, but that was understandable given the work rate he displayed in the opening hour.
Santi Cazorla | 6.5: Santi was wasteful in possession at times, and made the wrong decision at a couple of vital moments. He grew into the game slightly, but compared to his game at Everton he was a shadow.
Mesut Özil | 5.0: Just like Santi he was very wasteful, his passing was poor, and he looked tired and frustrated. He was brought off at half time with a tight hamstring.
Lukas Podolski | 8.25: Aside from one great run, he was a relative ghost in the first half. In the second half (after the Bayern goal in particular) he really came alive though, becoming Arsenal’s biggest threat on the pitch, scoring a fantastic goal and looking really up for the game.
Olivier Giroud | 6.5: Was given almost nothing to work with in the first half, the one chance he was given was saved by Neuer. In the second half he saw more of the ball, but was indecisive and poor when he did see some possession.
Tomas Rosicky | 7.25: Showed far more desire and aggression than Özil, whom he replaced. Put himself around a lot, hassling the Bayern defenders. His decision making could have been better.
Serge Gnabry | N/A: Despite getting a spell on the pitch, he didn’t see much of the ball. He looked a little nervous, and lacked composure when he was sparingly involved.
Mathieu Flamini | N/A: A cameo performance.