Peep Peep Peeeeep! The sound that echoed through 60,000 ears, to Signal Arsenal’s dreams of obtaining a trophy since 2005 whistled across the Emirates last night.
With team morale down after the fifth-round defeat at home to underdog Championship side Blackburn Rovers, left the North London side with a storm of criticism. While on the other side of Europe Bundesliga leaders Bayern were storming through their league and were in no spirit to give Arsenal a break.
In no time at all Toni Kroos hit in the first, only 7 minutes into the game, left alone at the edge of the box controlling a much uncontrollable ball, to hit it first time with technique and power that left Wojciech Szczesny beat.
Even with Arsenal fans pushing, you could see Arsenal were struggling. More and More rush challenges leaving Arsenal with 3 yellow cards in the first half for Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Arteta. When a Poor Szczesny clearance from Daniel van Buyten’s near post header allowed the fast reacting Mueller to hit the roof of the net 20 minutes in, Arsenal were looking lost for hope.
Arsenal showed plenty of spirit, but Bayern simply possessed much quality in Defence just as they did when attacking. Bayern’s Power, Accuracy and pace continued to be a threat to be reckoned with. Arsenals night was almost over, when a right-wing cross from Philipp Lahm, was nearly converted by Mandzukic as he was inches past the post, moments from the break.
At the restart Arsenal came strong upping the tempo to show a different type of football, Podolshi Headed in from a corner 10 minutes after the break through a scuffle from the Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer .In the first 20 minutes Arsenal kept on pushing and seemed like Bayern was losing their composure, offering a breath of hope for Arsenal. With a Double Change from Wenger in the final 20, saw Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky for Podolski and Aaron Ramsey for the hope of an unlikely comeback.
The Frenchman Giroud almost brought the game level when a rushed first time shot was saved miraculously by Neuer.
However, it wasn’t enough and Bayern kept knocking until the replacement of Franck Ribery for substitute Arjen Robben, put in the captain Lahm who’s performance has been more than good found Mandzukic, with a wing and a prayer his half hit attempt bounced past Szczseny to end up in the Net.
The night was more than over, and the Champions league campaign looks to be coming to a close as Arsenal have win either 3-0 or 4-1 away against Bayern in the second leg.