For the second season in a row, the Gunners bowed out of the Champions League at the Allianz Arena. But also for a second season in a row, Arsenal left Bayern’s turf with their pride unharmed.
As we have come to expect from Arsene Wenger’s men when the odds are against them and at some point today, Arsenal actually manged to push themselves within a decent distance from securing an unlikely quarter-final spot.
Schweinsteiger broke the deadlock on the night after 54 minutes and many feared a Bayern hammering was coming at that time but Lukas Podolski was not having any of that as he robbed Lahm of possession and smashed the ball home from an almost impossible angle two minutes later.
Momentum belonged to the Gunners after that equalizer with more than half an hour left, but the advantage certainly did not belong to them. Leading 3-1 on aggregate, Bayern only had to resist a period of fight-back from the visitors and after getting that job done, Muller had the chance to seal a routine win for the hosts after Robben won a late penalty-kick out of nothing.
But up stepped Fabiasnki who produced a save to fittingly deny an undeserved defeat for the battling London side as it ended 1-1.