A heroic performance went in vain as Arsenal UEFA Champions League adventure is over despite a brilliant 2-0 away win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 first leg loss at the Emirates Stadium, but made a perfect start to the game when Olivier Giroud fired them in front inside three minutes.
Laurent Koscielny headed in with four minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough for the Gunners as that first leg disappointment causes them to go out on away goals.
Arsenal made the perfect start taking the lead on the night after just three minutes. Tomas Rosicky released Theo Walcott on the left and the former Southampton man did well to fire the ball across the box into a dangerous area. Giroud was waiting and pounced to give the Premier League side a bit of hope.
The goal brought about a Bayern onslaught and they should have been level after ten minutes. Toni Kroos’ corner fell of the way of Luis Gustavo but the Brazil man wildly fired over from ten yards to the disappointment of his team-mates. Just after, Kroos was denied by a good save from Lukasz Fabianski as Bayern continued to pile on the pressure.
Arsenal held on at least until half-time, but Bayern continued to dominate after the break. Carl Jenkinson did well to deflect a shot from Arjen Robben inches wide before Kroos was unlucky to see a free-kick from 20 yards fall off target.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, they needed to be the team piling on the pressure but Bayern kept coming. Phillip Lahm did wonderfully to pull back for Gustavo, and the defensive midfielder was desperately unfortunate to see his whipping shot go just wide.
Just after, a stunning backheel from Thomas Muller released Robben, but the Dutchmen was under immense pressure from Jenkinson and his weak shot was easily saved by Arsenal’s Polish goalkeeper. Up the other end, Arsenal substitute Gervinho watched the ball trickle agonizingly wide after a clever turn in the penalty area as Arsenal’s hopes dwindled.
Muller was still trying to keep Bayern’s good form going as he made space for a right-footed shot but Fabianski’s good save kept Arsene Wenger’s side in front on the night. With four minutes to go, it got nervy for Bayern as Arsenal pulled another goal back in the tie.
Santi Cazorla’s outswinging corner was met by a brave header from Koscielny who powered the ball into the bottom corner. Arsenal needed a goal to go through and it was all set for a grandstand finish. Unfortunately, the chance never came and Bayern are the team who scrape through on away goals.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)
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