Report: Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

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Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanogo

Subs: Fabianski, Monreal, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Gnabry, Podolski, Giroud

10 man Arsenal fell to a brave 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich at the Emirates tonight.

Arsene Wenger pulled something of a surprise with his starting line-up, keeping faith with Yaya Sanogo after his display against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Olivier Giroud’s disciplinary issues.

Arsenal started brightly but had Wojciech Szczesny to thank in the 3rd minute. From Bayern’s first attack Toni Kroos hammered a shot towards the top corner and only a great save tipped the ball away from the top corner.

Arsenal then got on top of the game with Yaya Sanogo testing Neuer  in the Bayern goal. The ball came to the young Frenchman in the box, he sidefooted it towards goal and the keeper got down quickly to save.

Moments later Arsenal had a great chance to take the lead when Mesut Ozil won an 8th minute penalty. The German stepped up to take it but his casual looking spot kick was saved by Neuer, making it Ozil’s second penalty miss in the Champions League this season.

The atmosphere took a hit after that as Bayern grew into the game and Arjen Robben dived to win a free kick which he smashed into the wall then over the bar.

Mathieu Flamini shot over the bar as Arsenal made a rare foray forward, and after a spell of Bayern possession good work by Sanogo sent Oxlade-Chamberlain through on goal but once more Neuer was in control and came out well to clear.

Mario Mandzukic headed a free kick not far wide after Ozil had conceded a free kick in the Arsenal half, before Arsenal were forced into a change. Kieran Gibbs looked to pull a hamstring and he was replaced in the 31st minute by Nacho Monreal.

The Germans began to put Arsenal under real pressure with Robben shooting from inside the area only to see it blocked by Mertesacker, and the cheating Dutchman was involved in a major incident in the 37th minute.

He was sent in behind the Arsenal defence and got a toe to a high ball. Although caught by Szczesny, the ball went away from goal and he went down as if he was shot. The referee gave Bayern a penalty and showed the keeper a red card. Considering the ball was going out for a goal kick, it seemed very harsh.

Santi Cazorla was sacrificed for Lukasz Fabianski and although the Pole didn’t save Alaba’s penalty, his first action was to watch it rebound off the outside of the post and away. Justice, of sorts.

The Gunners managed to see off the Bayern threat until half-time and the game, remarkably, was scoreless at the break. There was a half-time change as Rafinha replaced the booked Boateng.

Bayern were dominant from the off, and a poor Monreal clearance gave Kroos a shooting chance but it was straight at Fabianski. Laurent Koscielny found space behind from an Arsenal free kick, but couldn’t quite get the ball out from under his feet and his shot was tame.

The pressure was huge and it was no surprise when the opening goal came in the 54th minute. Bayern worked it down the right, cut it back for Kroos, Arsenal were pushed too far back and the midfielder’s shot curled into the top corner to make it 1-0.

The game was then played mostly in Arsenal’s final third as Bayern pinged the ball around like it was a training game, the Gunners forced to defend from side to side as they moved the ball.

Fabianski had to save from Robben as the cheating Dutchman got in behind Koscielny and the German pressure grew and grew. Robben curled a shot wide, Bayern passed the ball from side to side to side to side to try and work openings, but Arsenal stayed as solid as they could.

Arsene Wenger made his final change in the 74th minute, bringing on Rosicky for Oxlade-Chamberlain, but little changed. Arsenal lacked any kind of outlet, and the visitors continued to dominate.

It was relentless from Bayern, and last ditch from Arsenal when they did get near the ball. Rosicky got booked, Koscielny tried to drive Arsenal forward, but in the 88th minute Bayern got a second when Muller headed home from close range.

It was hardly a surprise but still a bit cruel on Wenger’s team. It could have been worse as Kroos hit the post with a low shot, but even still a 2-0 defeat leaves them with a huge job to do in the return leg.

And Arjen Robben is a cunt.

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Benis

I hate Knobben.

shit_the_bed

Oh Ozil! Maybe Santi should have taken the pen?

Depressing….

Still -we know we can beat them at home!

goonerbynature

We now know with certainty that we’re going to beat them 1-0 away.

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

yeah I would bet on that actually. Or maybe draw it 2-2 and go out penalties.
Mesut Ozil might even learn a new way to hit it straight at the keeper.

shanthDK

Brave defending overall and therefore disappointed with the result. But when you’ve got to defend with 10 men, how can you let Özil stay on the pitch? – No doubt he’s our weakest link defending wise and sad how many times he can miss a pass, well I thought that was his strength. The only reason for him being on the pitch must be because of his name and price tag..

The only positive if we go out of the CHL is that we can focus fully on the EPL.

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

I can’t agree with people who think that going out of the Champions league is a good thing for the club. I really can’t. Where’s the guarantee we’ll do well in EPL. A loss here hits our confidence and our annual end of season slump begins. Give me a break. Arsenal will get through this tie. All guns blazing in Munich.

Dick Swiveller

The Ox hasn’t long been back, and it showed so I can see why Wenger took him off…ideally we’d have taken off Sanogo, who looked dead from the 60th minute on and Ozil too but sadly not the case.

Arsene's Anorak

Ozil looking like a mistake now. He was slaughtered on Irish TV tonight for being a gutless lazy bastard who Wenger hasn’t the balls to drop because of the massive transfer fee!

Rufusstan

I know it goes against the flow, but I’m not so sure about Özil’s efforts tonight. Penalty aside (just don’t…), the guy was everywhere. I’d like to see how much ground he covered tonight compared to the rest of the midfield. I’m not sure Santi would have offered more defensively, and after missing the pen, he at least seemed to be doing as much as he could to make up for it.

As to the rest of the subs, the Red and the injury to Gibbs screwed any plan we might have had.

Rufusstan

Shit, forgot. — You never wish to go out of any competition.

We are better than last year, that and 2 other things must be gnawing at Bayern right now:

They were not better than us until they had an extra man, and we need 2 goals at their place to make things interesting. We’ve already done that, and they know it.

Hurensohn

Or Even Giroud.. Or Ox.. Wouldn’t be giving Ozil one again though… Once bitten, shame on me and all that..

Chaplin35

Ozil has been playing better in last 3 games (ManU, Liverpool and Munich) but through-out this period he tends to keep hold of the ball for too long, reminds me a lot of a certain AR16 when he was struggling.

AkaSuzaku

Santi surely should have. I know Özil since he was ~17 and he certainly isn’t someone you would want to take the penalties.

hutstar

Ozil should have been subbed too. I know Cazorla is no speed demon, but Ozil just looks like a man in need of a hug right now – no confidence, no fight.

deano

Well in defence of Ozil he didn’t look confident at all lining up the penalty seems no one else wanted to put there hand up maybe Santi still haunted by his miss at Bradford. Look it was a good fairly even game destroyed by a red card two or three minutes after Boeteng avoided a second yellow card for a poor tackle that’s what fucked me off most.

On a side note piss poor time of the season for Giroud to have disciplinary issues!!!!!!

Dracular

Never been a critic of Ozil, bt What the FUCK was that? should have been removed instead of Santi. Bt still a great performance by all the boys. So proud to be a GUNNER

Bould's Eyeliner

Probably shouldn’t have taken the penalty, but otherwise Ozil was one of our brightest players, looking to create something. I’d say the fault really isn’t his, but more that we were unlucky the ref loves robben’s cock in his ass.

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

I fail to understand that line of thought. I like the way he makes himself available for a pass and the fact that he can run with it, it’s just that even with the ball he tries to dribble through 3 playes all the time. Why can’t he pass?
He’s going through an Aaron Ramsey 2012 season. I don’t know if we can afford to keep having players going through one of these spells. It costs us every season.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

remember the invincibles Who would he pass to. Did u see anyone making a run and making themselves availalbe for a pass.

Everyone just sat back, and there was no outlet. Even Sanogo was not making forward runs, and at times Ozil was being tackled even ahead of Sanogo on the field.

I really felt for Ozil today. Especailly the commentators slating him for Bayern runners going through. Ozil has many fortes but defending is not one of them. Many class defenders have trouble dealing with Bayern runnerns. In Germany I am sure all teams bar none have better options for left backs than Ozil and they struggle to deal with those runners. Suddenly one sending off and Ozil is supposed to defend like Maldini. I mean come on.

Heroldgoon

Maybe Ozil needs to bring a bird to his hotel room sometime….seems the only way to get benched around here.

AllGunsABlazin

Makes you wonder how many models Podolski’s shagged #aha

Larry
deano

Man Flamini is getting slack these days.

gunnah

wow, flamini is a fucking monster

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

Ramey wouold put them all in his back pocket

Nigel Flamini

As blogs calls him, Cheating Old Man Cunt

Arsene Nose

Really proud of the team..and Wow.. Sanogo, Keep it up

TRob13

As a soccer coach I can’t be bothered for a single center forward that spends most of his time jogging around and not applying needed pressure at every opportunity. Giroud and Sonogo are 2 very different forwards in work rate philosophy.
I’m not talking ‘run at the keeper and then keep chasing the ball around the back – I’m speaking of soft pressure 1v1 and not being bothered to even step towards an unclaimed ball merely 5 yards away.
Do I believe the boy might be something someday – yes, just not as of this moment.

Madcap

Yes losing 0-2 at home is something to be really proud of.

TRob13

Thumbs down all you want – you’re just trying to make lemonade out of not buying a Striker that can dribble around the box or actually apply pressure more than 1 out of 5 opportunities.
Watch the match on replay and watch Sonogo specifically – jog-jog-jog-jog-pressure… and then more jogging.
Easy to spot a lazy forward that only works when it’s easy. But he is young and supposedly can be taught. He’ll either learn or go the way of Park.

deano

Yeah I’m with you TRob13 I expect so much more from a young kid on his second start for Arsenal in a massive champions league match against the holders!

gooner for liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife
gooner for liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife

this actually made me feel slightly better:

nelly ‏@thefakeloomer 14m
You’re a cunt, Robben, you’re a cunt
You’re a cunt, Robben, you’re a cunt
You’re a cunt, Robben, you’re a cunt
Oh Robben, you’re a cunt

AllGunsABlazin

Also very interchangeable with Robin

Works for everyone!

Highberry

Extremely proud of all the boys and absolutely irate about that dutch arshole for spitting on Bac.What a piece of shit. OK we lost but none of my team spits on people laying on the ground.

piya

what a game that would’ve been if a). we had a decent penalty taker on the pitch b). gibbs never got injured… where was monreal for that red card.. left szczesny no choice..

IceBerg10

Damn right…all started to unravell when Gibbs got injured…Monreal ain’t too good at tracking runners, hence we conceded that pen…we were definitely the more threatening team up until then….Wilshere, Ox , Sanogo brilliant! proud of the boys tonight….2-0 and through on pens at the Allianz…COYG!!!

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

Given the way we started this overall performance turned into a real shambles. Ozil was really terrible( what’s new?) and the injury to Gibbs really fucked us. Monreal came on and they immediately targeted him. With Ozil giving him support it, it became a bit too easy for them. Ozil just allowed runners to go? he just let them go? What was THAT? Szcz has been asking for this all season and it’s no surprise.

What I can say is that we aren’t out of this tie. It’s another mountain to climb away from home, but the way we started was seriously impressive. We have nothing to lose again and maybe we have Ramsey back in time?

Shout out to Sanogo and Flamini, both of whom were outstanding.

Kirk

Don’t mean to be rude but you are wrong.

They targeted our left flank long before Gibbs went off, and even longer before Ozil switched to left Midfield. Although I agree that Ozil did not play well – his confidence levels must be at an all time low!

We started this game the way I hoped – and I hope we go at iyt like this for the remainder of the season. We are not that light up top now, that Sanogo is a go for me xxx

Remember the invincibles

You’re right they targeted that side earlier, but Gibbs was coping admirably. His injury is a big blow. Hope he makes it back for the return leg.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

I hate to disagree with most of what you have said. Ozil was not shit just that there was no one making any runs for Ozil to pass to, not even Sanogo. On that groud I do criticise Sanogo. I know he is young and all that, but where were the runs. I know one can’t expect him to do a Giroud in holding up the ball, and naturally he struggled there, but Sanogo should have been making runs every second Ozil got the ball. There was nothing from him though. Not one run for Ozil to find. One can understand the rest of the team having a def outlook, but why Sanogo didn’t make any runs at all, is beyond me. Ozil would take the ball run into their half, and get surroinded by three defenders and lose that ball. That happened so many times, but at least Ozil was getting the ball out of there, and with no one making runs what do u expect but him to lose the ball.

Why Sanogo started ahead of Poldi is beyond me. i mean Poldi this seaosn has 6 goals from 8 shots. How can anyone with just strike rate not play ahead of a 21 year old who made is debut just one match ago is something I cannot explain. I have nothing against Sanogo and I know he is inexpereiced and will improve, but while I will cut him slack on that account, I will not give him a special mention of praise for sure.

Also, Arsenal are more out than in, and quite frankly I don’t care if Arsenal do get knocked out of the CL. Sunderland being beaten at the weekend now is of twice greater importance. Success in CL is a long shot anyway, and to be honest, the squad has too many injuries to think of fighting on three fronts. The team should think of FA Cup and EPL only. SO in that regard going out of the CL won’t be the worst possible outcome.

AllGunsABlazin

8/10 comment

10/10 username (been steadily drinking from half time lol)

deano

Usual bagging of Ozil on here yeah he missed a penalty but there again he won the penalty in the first place.

John

Robben’s reaction was no worse than any other player when they are felled in the box. Ozil’s earlier collapse was a bit theatrical as well. Still, the ref was a cunt.

goonerratic

Ozil’s casual approach towards the game has really started getting on my nerves now

rohit

aside from the penalty, he was having an amazing game till the red card. And let’s not forget it was he who had won it, trying to do something beautiful.

Gooneron

At this stage it’s the end product that counts.

ckmma

I don’t know if you’ve seen the graphic on sky sports after the match but Ozil covered 11.69km, 3rd only to Wilshere 11.8 and flamini 13.53. Now tell me thats lazy because hes clearly put in a shift.

deano

Gooneron they missed there penalty as well!

goonerratic

Amazing game till the penalty miss. Then he automatically converted into his usual shit self.

revneville

He is a world class player as I’ve heard. So I don’t give a feck the “aside from the penalty” aspect. CL-tie against München. You have to bury the penalty.

“aside from the penalty, he was having an amazing game” is like “consistent in patches”.

goonerratic

Completely agree. IDK why the fuck do we let him take set pieces. Doesn’t look like anything special.

jw

you do realise world class players DO miss penalties?

See Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League final 2008
See Lionel Messi vs Chelsea Champions League semi-final 2012

Ozil is not a defensive player and I doubt he would have stayed on had we not been forced into making 2 subs due to injury and the red card.

Where is the guarantee Cazorla would have scored the penalty? Bradford?
Ozil did not have a bad game, no it wasn’t great either, but none of the attacking players had a great game after the 38th minute as all they could do was defend.

Larry

He’s just fucking knackered OK? You have obviously never played football.

TV5

I’m hearing that a lot and I’d love to believe it, but do you not think we have very highly qualified people that are tracking this stuff and concluding that he should play.

Let’s face it, we have three other potential No.10s we could play there, if he is wrecked (Santi, Jack, Rosicky) but we continue to play Ozil, so I can’t believe for a second he is knackered and AW just keeps on sending him out there oblivious to this.

deano

To be fair TV5 we are missing Ramsey because he was run into the ground.

Heroldgoon

I don’t blame him for being knackered though, at Madrid he had runners all round thus passing was more his job him, also occupied a slightly different role than he is now (looks like he drifts outwide more than he did at Real). looks like it will take abit longer before he fully adapts. if he ever!

TV5

I’ve no doubt he’ll adapt, we’ve had plenty of top talents who have taken a season to adjust….we all know the names.

I just can’t believe we’d be sending him out game after game if he was truly knackered. It wouldn’t make any sense. If it is the case, we need a new set of physios..

deano

I think our medical staff have needed to be assessed for a while now.

Darling

Thumbed you down by mistake.

He’s 1/10 th of the player that Santi is.

deano

You must be the Darling from Black Adder.

ckmma

He should have been subbed for Rosicky, you can’t blame a player for being who he is, he hasn’t got the stamina to track back and tackle like a fullback for 90 mins against the best team in the world. I think everyone gave their best and unfortunately this happens.

gammhunn

Agree, or at least swapped him to the right when TR7 came on. God knows our left flank could have used some fresh legs.

Jenkinsagna

Just out of interest, did anyone notice any bad defending by Ozil? Everyone’s saying we should have left Santi on but I honestly don’t remember Ozil ‘not tracking back’ or ‘being slow and lazy’. None of the goals came from defensive mistakes by Ozil anyway, and he seemed to be dangerous going forward – that is until we were on to 10 men.

aussie gooner

fucking disgusting, he plays like he is better than everyone else on the pitch, and wenger is keeping him on and on because he payed 40 mil for him and wants to prove a point, not worthy to tie rosicky’s boot laces, at least rosicky gives a shit about the team

TV5

that’s utter horseshit.

Jijo

May be you can just remove that second part from your name..!

Kirk

Think Rosicky, Santi, Wilshere, Ramsey and many others were creaming about Ozils ability a little while back. Support the players please – Ozil may well be a late bloomer, and I swear on Dennis’ name we had a few of those. Hey Bobby, what’s French for va va voom

Remember the invincibles

Ozil is doing a Ramsey. Already opinions are divided. I hope he follows through and has the kind of reincarnation that Ramsey had, When is AARON RAMSEY back? Grrrrr. We need his goals and midfield engine desperately

deano

Funnily enough Ozil is missing Ramsey and all his direct running.

thw14

I don’t know about the game generally, but… European night, huge opponents, we’ve got them under the cosh from the off, penalty…. pick a fucking corner!!! If it’s saved right on the corner, okay, that’s atleast good keeping. I don’t care if he backheels it into goal sipping a mojito, just for god’s sake pick a damn corner.

But I think one of the key elements to a successful Champions League is a Ph.D. in conning refs. When a 6’3 motherfucker goes down to a 20 year old’s challenge like he got pantsed at an ice rink…

Anyway, we pulled 2 goals at the Allianz last year, I’m keeping my hopes up.

piya

hardly casual though.. he covered 11.69km… 3rd greatest distance covered of all players.

suci-gooner

Some Arsenal fans are so fickle.. Hail him as the messiah one second and the next he becomes the devil.. For God sake recognize Ozil for what he is.. From my vantage point anytime he is a threat always on the ball.. some of the passes that he plays blind folded, none of our other midfielders can even dream of trying.. the tightest angles, inside outside and other parts of the foot that i didnt know could be used.. I really mean this, people should WATCH what hes doing on the pitch.. Yea so he is not perfect but he is still one of the best.. I think some fans got carried away and thought we got Messi+Maradona+Henry..

I think the red card was harsh and killed us.. Positives in the performance for sure.. FA CUP and LEAGUE.. COYG!!!!

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Self destruct button- ACTIVATE!

ghanagunner

Hey AVB, what are you doing here?

Silent Stan's Content Mustache
Silent Stan's Content Mustache

Never,ever dare to compare me with that man.

Gooneron

Apparently you think like him.

Silent Stan's Content Mustache
Silent Stan's Content Mustache

Don’t get me wrong. Loved the effort, Sanogo especially, heart of the lion. Point being, you can’t make contact with Robben in the box. You know he’ll go down like he’s been hit with a machine gun bazooka. That was not red card, yellow+ pen at the most.

Heroldgoon

Robben is just disgusting. its things like rolling and clutching your “amputated” leg that prompts the ref to give a red.

Szczesny was within his rights to go for the ball it was in his area so penalty + yellow not RED!

Did i mention how big of a cunt Robben is?

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

The ref was pretty decent. Szeczsney had a judgement of error that he shouldn’t have made. I would blame the ref all day long, if there was at least room to debate.

It’s a damn shame because the game pretty even until the red card. Ozil might have missed that penalty but everyone was putting on a shift. Sanogo, what a lad. Worked his socks off. Chamberlain as well. The back four was tight as fuck. A damn shame.

Second half is something to forget. Away in München, here’s hoping. Big ask, but 1-0 deficit makes it so much easier. Yet, 90 minutes of the same that we have seen before the red card, definitely possible. COYG!

IceBerg10

Teet…teeet…teeeet….activate reverse gear…..Silent stan…….try living up to your first name

Toure Motors

Yes, it would be nice if you exploded with utter guff like that.

Gargoyle

Fucking ref.

A Yank

Fuck ref what? He had little choice. It’s the fucking rule that’s stupid.

Nobody but ourselves to blame. And that’s not just tonight. If we could win our fucking CL group for a change we might get a decent draw out of the round of 16.

Darling

Was it Boateng that took out Gibbs?

This isn’t a rhetorical question. Was watching the game on low-quality transmission.

Because if it was Boateng, who was already on a yellow….

Gargoyle

Don’t give me that shite. Dutch cunt goes all in (with an open boot, mind that), failes to control the ball, Szcz just touches him and he falls over like a little cunt. If the rules apply as you say, then Boateng should’ve been sent off earlier since he made more than two yellow card fouls. So, yeah, the ref had a choice, and he made the wrong one, completely ruining the rest of the game.

A Yank

Totally agree Boateng should have been off. But that’s a separate argument.

And Robben made the most of it like a Dutch fucking Suarez, but 95 times out of 100 a keeper makes that play with any contact it’s a penalty and a card.

The other 5 times it’s Webb and it’s United.

Heroldgoon

The UEFA is corrupt anyway. Fuck it let’s take the domestic double.

Canadian Arsenal Fan

Are you saying that the FA is less corrupt? lol

ghanagunner

yeah. we all say that but in the end you can’t argue with that. Red cards ruin games like this. Shouldn’t the penalty be enough? Ruined the beauty of the game. same as city’s red card yesterday.

Gargoyle

It really wasn’t the same as City’s red card. But if it had gone in, the result could’ve been 4/5-0 by the end. I say we forget this robbery, and applaud the lads for their fight and effort because they deserve to be lauded. It wasn’t really their fault. You cannot do much with ten men, especially against a team like Bayern.

Cheesus

Even Manuel Neuer said after the game that in his opinion red cards like this should not be given as the penalty is enough of a punishment.

DL Gooner

Nicola the ref should be kicked back up his mothers cunt, he ruined what could have been an excellent game. Gutted!

Gooneron

Dear Wenger

Indeed Ozil is a great player but he needs the bench now more than ever. Please assist him.

Yours Faithfully

Concerned Fan

Ps. Robben is a massive cunt

deano

You know Ozil was fucking crap at anfield just like the rest of the team was. He has responded with 2 damned good performances before tonight and guess what he played alright tonight. Players miss penalties they don’t always go in,we were matching them until the red card. Then strangely enough he isn’t going to have much influence when we go down to 10 men against the holders.

Fahim Hussain

Fuck it, proud of the boys. Ozil needs a rest, keep him fresh for the away game. Ox is a beast.

Divu

Yaya Sango also looks promising! I just hope he keeps fit and develops into our new Henry 🙂

Mark

Cheating Old Man Cunt spit on Sagna (or at least appeared to).

https://vine.co/v/MZdn2H1KT0x

What a Cheating Old Man Cunt.

Purple_V

Let’s just hope it’s a drop of sweat

Bendtner's Hair Band

It’s sweat that rolled down the left side of his face.

I don’t get the Robben hate. He went down theatrically but it was a foul anyway. Same as what Suarez was trying in our last game. Also he was their most dangerous player IMO, I lost count how many times he dribbled past someone on the right, or managed to squeeze a really tight pass in the box.

Seriously?!

OH MY GOD FOOTBALL FANS ARE RETARDED. WHERE IS THE VELOCITY IF HE “GOBBED ON SAGNA”. ITS FUCKING SWEAT YOU MORONS

AP

He doesn’t have to spit. He could have mustered enough saliva and just let it drool and drop.
It came from the mouth and if your sweat drop is so big, you better consult a doctor.

Jeez, your stupidity.

Kos

Missing the pen was a blow and took the steam out of us a bit, losing Gibbs was equally a big blow, Monreal is just a shade worse which can make a difference.
And after the sending off we had to play for 0-0 if we could

Darling

But hey, we still nicked a slightly better result than last time!

I’m calling a reverse of the scoreline on the return tie, and on to extra-time.

Hopefully with 11 men on the pitch!

Mooro

Well I hope the European champions are proud of themselves after that display.
Dirty, moaning cheating bunch of cunts, led by the most despicable player currently plying their ‘trade’ in Robben.
What a cunt that cunt is. The fuckin cunt.

A Yank

Cunt.

Thought you sold him short at least one ‘cunt’-worth.

Chair

Forget it, focus on the league and FA cup. And never ever let Ozil take a penalty again.

Serge

Alaba’s penalty miss was unfortunate, but Ozil had no excuse for such a shot penalty. Killed our momentum and our game. Just not good enough from him, so disappointing.

Indonesian Gooner

Mesut needs to be sat listening to phil Collins for that pen.

aussie gooner

gotta feel for the other midfielder’s and what they have to do to get a game, Wenger keeps Ozil on purely for the price tag.

fans were fantastic tonight though, proud to be a gooner

suci-gooner

really.. so you think the other midfielders could have done a better job, including taking the penalty.. I don’t think there are any natural penalty strikers in our squad after arteta, podoski.. maybe cazorla.. hmmmm

rohit

proud of our performance…

Parisian Weetabix

Me too. I honestly cannot get my head round how utterly, utterly dull Bayern Munich are. That was like watching Stoke, but sideways. Seriously, give me Barcelona any day. All that godawful switching wings, aimless crossing and shooting from distance. If you’re going to dominate a game, you have an obligation to make it interesting. What they did was anti-football. I have never felt more irritation towards an opposing team’s playing style than I do now.

We didn’t dominate, but we did what we had to do diligently. We were undone by a war of attrition. I would love to see us go to the Allianz and impose OUR game on them. At least we try and play the right way.

Obviously I fully believe we will win the Champions League this season, but if we don’t, I hope it’s not Bayern who do.

eddymc2

Who to blame? Ozil for killing our momentum with the penalty miss, Wilshere for taking the free kick far too quickly, or not winning the group from the position we were in going into the away game at Napoli?

eddymc2

That said, the scoreline is far more disappointing than the performance.

AFCEdwards

Perhaps it was Bayern Munich for being the best in the world.

Benis

Simple. The old man cunt.

eddymc2

0 thumbs up and 4 thumbs down so far; maybe I should have included my self-reply in the original post. I’m impressed with the performance, offensively when we had comparable numbers, and defensively afterwards in general, but I think that any/all of the three things I mentioned played a role in the result, and I think that’s fair to say. Oh, wait, is it my use of the word “blame”?

4rs3n4l

Hard to turn this around now.
Now on to the premier league and fa cup.
Focus on what we can win guys.
CL is far from over but i don’t think it’s worth the effort right now.
Let’s be real here.
#COYG!!

Larry

I just hope this doesn’t affect our confidence too much. We really defended well!

deano

I think we will respond well Larry. If Giroud plays at the weekend I expect an immense performance. That saying hope Gibbs ain’t out too long.

La Defense

Sanogo > Giroud

Faster. Better ball skills. Bulk up an little and he’ll be stronger.

I see what Wenger saw in him. He’s still the master scout.

Maniac

Sanogo achieved what Giroud has failed to do since the start of 2014 – turning and having a shot. Also fed a beautiful lobbed pass to the Ox that nearly led to a goal. Genuinely impressed with the lad and I can easily see him taking the regular striker spot from Giroud for the games to come.

locksley444

I love sanogo’s play but Giroud does have better short passing. I am with you on him getting better than Giroud though, because he’s just turned 21. We still need an established forward, but for this season, he will do. Also, I hope giroud has had enough of a rest and enough of a warning about scoring out of games and wedlock.

Darling

Not in the mood now….

But had prepared a mind-sketch of a post-match post along the lines of:

“Flipping Venga, imagine where we’d be if we had acquired any proper back-up for Sanogo up front.”

0-2 on the return. tdm

Mooro

And I’ve defended Ozil all the way this season but, fuck me.
For a player like him to fuck up one penalty is bad enough. To make the same mistake again just isn’t good enough. Especially against his national keeper who knows EXACTLY what he’s gonna do.
Bendtner’s right foot, the skunk’s chip, Ozil’s pen – at this level, these are the fine margins that could get you through or don’t.

DJGOONER

Proud of our performance tonight, ashamed of neuer though, when sanogo tapped him he played for a yellow. Not how keepers should behave

Vescucci

We were massively impressive in my opinion. On to the next

neutral

yeah, given the last week I thought we came out looking much better than I would have hoped, second half was pretty dismal but chasing Bayern all around the pitch would have played into their hands and exhausted our players. Wish it had stayed at 0-1, would have been an ok scoreline to take to Munich.

North Stand

I love ozil as much as the next gunner. But his effort really does get on my nerves. Granted he’s had slot of good games he has gone missing in many big games (Liverpool fa cup excluding).
Whether this is down to fatigue or adapting I’m not sure but I really want more from him

fuck man

Schezny Had not been sent off things would’ve definitely been different , and had ozil put off that penalty we would have surely won the game ,still proud of the boys way they played

Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding
Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding

Yeah and if we had had two more players on the pitch we would have scored. You’re not helping.

Heroldgoon

Arsene mate those balls of steel should be used to bench Ozil next time. He has needed a rest for sometime now. (and poor at penalties: Someone else should deputize for Arteta)

shitbird

If Wenger has the balls to drop Giroud and play Sanogo in a game like this then I’m sure he’d be able to drop Ozil if he thought it was a good idea, whatever his price tag. Give the professor a break.

Tommy Gunner

Not even going to talk about how fed up I am with Ozil. What the FUCK was Kos doing going up for that freekick on 87 minutes??? Their second came directly from him being out of position. 1-0 would have been a great result in the circumstances, now 2-0 and it’s gone. Once again, Arsenal fail to realise that they didn’t need to chase a goal. The boys did so well up until then 🙁

Bould's Eyeliner

Kosc would naturally go up because we had 10 on the pitch – if you actually wanted to have a fighting chance, you need to even the numbers farther up.

locksley444

If you look carefully, Flamini marked Muller until his run, and then stopped tracking him. Kos was the standout in that defensive line tonight and you need to do the unexpected to try and get something out of game against Bayern. Sanogo started for this reason too.

RomfordPele

Agree about Koscielny. Absolutely mental to be going up like that at that time. We didn’t need to score, we just needed to make sure we didn’t concede again to keep the second leg open. Now it’s going to be twice as hard in the return leg.

Still, lets hope we can get an early goal there and really give them the willies like last time!

Goonerestgooner

I hope the people complaining about the use of “cunt” on here the other day weren’t reading the live blog.

malikorama

we had our chances…

SB

Standard script. Save this match report Blogs or u could have the report from previous seasons – AC, Barca, Bayern.

I would go to the extent of saying u can use the return leg report as well from those ties.

Serge

Ozil mate, that penalty was just not fucking good enough! All over Bayern at the start and could of potentially won it

I can imagine hatred on Montreal now from Arsenal fans but he played so well when he came on, that robben cunt is too good for us.

DaMobot

No shame in losing this way. Did our best (mostly) however missed chances of the first half cost us at the end. Oh also do you think UEFA gonna allow the holders to go out and other teams like Barcelona. No
chance. Never have i seen a sending off this way. Never.

Never mind. Chin up and cocentrate on the double which is more achievable

Indiegooner

Should have kept the Ox on instead of Ozil. Why keep a playmaker on when there is no one to make the forward run? Ox would have at least kept an outlet alive.

gammhunn

Yeah, or swap Özil to the right and bring TR7 down to help on our left.

Swedegunner

why did wilshere rush the FK before their second? basically gave it away right after we got it and then 20 seconds later it’s game over

Bucks

Good effort today, red card ruined a good game. 🙁

Tony Hall

We don’t have much luck do we, not helped by Robben being one of the biggest diving cunts on the planet. Would have subbed Ozil not Santi as quite frankly at the moment he does not deserve his place in the starting 11.
I thought Spanish teams were bad at simulation and going over as if shot but Bayern take are just as bad …

bbb

Cheers, the moment when Sczzzny got a red card is became very hard for us to hold.

La Defense

The Arsenal can hold their heads up high. Game effort.

Ernest

Huge huge gamble playing Sanogo tonight and a pathetic team effort during the second half. Hope Arsène manages to get us through but very very disappointed to watch us refuse to play for a whole 45 minutes.

Robben is a cunt.

TV5

that’s right Ernest, 10 men against the best team in the world, no excuse for us not spraying the ball around like Brazil 1970, go back to the Olympics….

Ernest

This Bayern team is not better than 2011 Barça’s, and we won that game.

As Thierry once said we’re not a big club, specially if we hide from the ball against a very good team like Munich is now. It’s quite difficult to win something playing like we did tonight. We need the ball to attack, there’s no goal killer on this team that can score from nothing like van persie did so many times in the past. Maybe you’re happy with it? Wasting time at home against one of the worst man utds we’ve seen??

I’m not.

Bould's Eyeliner

In a game that should have been defensive minded and focused on controlling possession in the first place, playing Sanogo was possibly the smallest gamble to make out of all the positions.

Secondly, Sanogo was also one of the more promising players, and in his SECOND START IN FIRST TEAM GAME, against Bayern nonetheless, in a stretch of three days? The kid has been massive this week and demonstrated composure far beyond his years. How could you fault him for not willing to go forward when you’re a man down in a midfield battle (Cazorla)?

Sorry but Sanogo isn’t a dead horse to beat. Going down a man is hard enough against any team, and the resilience we showed today is belied by a harsh scoreline.

Wenger's Glasses

The ref ruin this game for us. So proud of the boys. Really fights till the end. Fuck Bayern.

Frankie

The ref killed the game, but I do like sanogo, he won lots of headers and is strong and has good feet, good plus point. Ps bold headed dwarf is a complete cheating cunt!!!!!

legrande

Maybe 1 or 2 signings in the summer as well as Walcott back, we will be able to compete at the highest level next season. Right now, we just don’t have enough quality. We sure missed Ramsey and Walcott tonight.

dink arnold

When Ozil went to take that penalty, I was yelling for him to drill it in the left corner. He didn’t, he tried that cheeky thing and Neuer saved it.

Then when Alaba had that penalty I was afraid he was gonna score it by drilling it into the corner. Instead, He hit the outside of the fricken post. So glad he missed and that I was proven wrong.

I still say drill it hard on a penalty though.

Whatever, we played fantastic anti football when down to ten, probably would’ve won if not for the red.

Almost seems like Fabianski is fated to play Bayern in the Champions league; can only assume he will be starting in Munich, seeing as Szczesny will be out.

Sanogo was brilliant, until he lost all his energy, if we had another sub opportunity it would’ve helped alot.

Wilshere looked really good, Ozil looked lively, Monreal did well enough, Kos was boss.

Overall it was a great first half, solid enough second half defensively, lots of bad luck.

Mate Kiddleton

What is it with us and undeserved red cards against Pep’s teams… RvP a couple years back, and now Szcesny

La Defense

Silly wilshere with that quick free quick. Sadly, I wasn’t surprised. Dismal judgement from the lad on that one.

gammhunn

Jesus. He played an amazing 89.99 minutes, and you choose to focus on one thing who, let’s face it, could have gone either way.

JT

Excited about Sanogo, looks a real prospect

rohit

Don’t understand the grunting at all. Were the first 35 minutes so back in the past that we have all forgotten them. The red card changed the course of the game and don’t think we had any other option given that we were playing against the champions. It’s Bayern Munich we are talking about for god’s sake.

Jijo

Exactly.. I don’t understand why everyone is behind Ozil..! He was good until the red card..! Positive is, he will never ever attempt to take a penalty in this manner from now onwards! Stop pinpointing him. He earned that penalty. And I am so sure that he will earn many more for us in future..!

Tony Hall

However on a positive note most impressed with Yaya. Has AW uncovered another gem? Fingers crossed!

MTZ

I feel people are being overly negative here. Given the opposition, the first 40 min of the match were some of the best we’ve played in quite a while. It was very impressive. The real culprit here is a silly rule that I’ve disliked for years: Red card and a penalty for fouls inside the box. It’s a double penalty, a yellow would be more than sufficient. I’m not blaming the ref – the rule is what it is, but the rule really needs to be changed.

I have to agree with Ballack on that one: Red outside the box + freekick, yellow + penalty inside.

CO_Gooner

@MTZ, While I agree that this rule is terrible what really hurt was that it was not applied equally to both sides. Boateng fouled Ozil in the box but only got a yellow. How is that fair?

Kos

Arguably Boateng could have gone for a second yellow but those decisions only go to the big teams like Bayern and Barca. Cunts

Jijo

Play like how we did before that penalty miss and we will go through. Can’t really blame anyone! Sanogo should start more..
Disappointed because they are not as good as everyone claim they are! Could have been a completely different outcome with 11 against 11 !

Bakarr

Why did monreal kept showing knobben to his left? Is he stupid or something! Because that cunt can only use his left.

Frankie

Ps Jamie redknapp is a gimpy cunt!

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