Draw Not Enough for Arsenal as Bayern Through

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Arsenal drew 1-1 in Munich but Bayern went through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the basis of the 2-0 victory in London in February. This is the second consecutive year that the Gunners have been knocked out by the Bavarians at this stage of the tournament and four year in a row overall.

 

Arsenal played a poor, poor first half, a half where Bayern should have scored at least a couple of goals, but Lady Luck and wayward shooting meant that Arsenal went into the break with a 0-0 scoreline. However, in what will be a big blow to the London side, Mesut Ozil picked up an hamstring injury, and has been ruled out for 3-4 weeks.

 

The second half saw the Defending Champions Bayern take the lead in the 55th minute through Bastian Schweinsteiger, but almost immediately, Arsenal equalized through the ex-Bayern player, Lukas Podolski. And then, instead of Arsenal going on the attack, the match went strangely quiet, with both teams seemingly content with the draw. Late in the game, Arjen Robben won a controversial penalty, but Thomas Muller was unable to convert from the spot.

 

Now Arsenal has the FA Cup and the Premier League to concentrate on, but will unfortunately be without Ozil. With Walcott already out for the season and Ramsey, Wilshere and Kallstrom still not fit, the Gunners’ season has just gone from bad to worse.

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