It was painful to watch but once the side was reduced to 10 men defeat was inevitable. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side remain on course in their bid to become the first side to retain the Champions League as second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller gave them an emphatic advantage in their last-16 first-leg tie. Arsenal will regret the fact that Mezut Ozil wasted a penalty and then the side were reduced to 10 men in the first half as goalie Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for bringing down Munich’s Arjen Robben who was heading for goal. Until that time Arsenal was competing and playing lively football against a strong Bayern side, arguably the best squad in Europe and defending Champions League holders.
Ozil was fouled by Jerome Boateng as he tried to turn inside the defender with the first 10 minutes, earning Arsenal a penalty but the German midfielder’s run-up was hesitant and the spot-kick feeble, allowing Neuer, his childhood friend, to thrust up a hand to save. In the 37th minute, Szczesny was sent off for a rash & silly challenge on the goal bound Robben, bringing him down and was shown the red card. Lukasz Fabianski replaces Santiago Cazorla and went to defend the goal from the resulting penalty which David Alaba was also wasteful as he hit the post from the resulting penalty – but there was no escape for 10-man Arsenal after the break as Bayern’s greater numbers and quality proved decisive. Arsenal suffered a setback before the interval as Kieran Gibbs went down injured and was replaced by Nacho Monreal before another moment of drama as half-time approached.
Now, Mr. Wenger – quite surprising that he started the game with 21 year old Yaya Sanogo as the lone striker over experienced Oliver Giroud & Lukas Podolski! Granted Sanogo impressed against both Liverpool and here too against Munich but this is just his second match for the Arsenal main squad! I wonder if he has lost his marbles! The second half was almost all Bayern, especially the last 30 minutes or so of the game where a defiant Arsenal could not contain the attacking force of Bayern being a player short! Hopefully the return leg in Munich, which we won last year, will be more rewarding for Arsenal but it looks to be all over for the Champions League as far as the Gunners are concerned!