The Gunners matched the European champions and could have gone one up before the 10th minute after Mesut Ozil won a penalty. But to our disappointment, the German squandered the chance to put us ahead and things went from bad to worse when Wojciech Szczesny clattered Arjen Robben in the box which led to the Pole seeing red and Bayern winning a penalty. Thankfully, David Alaba’s spot kick hit the post and the first-half ended 0-0. However, Arsenal’s chances of taking something positive to the Allianz Arena looked bleak, playing against arguably the best team in the world currently and a man down.
Arsene Wenger’s men battled hard but they could only manage to hold out for 54 minutes after Toni Kroos struck a superb curler past Lukasz Fabianski. 1-0 would have been an alright result to take to Germany under the circumstances, but two minutes from time Bayern struck again, this time through Thomas Muller who headed home from close range.
Arsenal must now go to the Allianz and score two goals whilst not concede against a side who have netter 100 goals in all competitions so far this season. It’s a colossal ask from our lads, which has led to many Arsenal fans dismissing their chances of progressing through this tie.
However, Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker believe they can go to Germany and repeat history.
Of course we would love to see it happen, and it can be done. But should it be a priority of Wenger’s to set out a team capable doing the job whilst we are still in the hunt for the Premier League title and FA Cup? Or should Wenger forget about it and concentrate on other matters at hand.
Personally, I would love to see Arsenal have a go, but I think because we are fighting for the Premier League title and have a great chance of lifting the FA Cup, Wenger should think about what is more achievable for the side. And for that reason, I think he should rest a few players who are in need of it and sacrifice the Champions League (a trophy we are highly unlikely to win anyway) to concentrate on the domestic double instead.