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Champions League: Arsenal v Bayern Munich - LIVE



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JACK DE MENEZES
by Jack de Menezes

Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of tonight's Champions League last-16 first leg clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.

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  • Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of tonight's Champions League last-16 first leg clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.
    2/19/2014 6:43:41 PM
  • 2/19/2014 6:45:36 PM
  • 2/19/2014 6:57:35 PM
  • Team news:
    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla, Sanogo. 
    Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, Podolski, Giroud, Monreal, Jenkinson, Gnabry. 
    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Robben, Kroos, Gotze, Mandzukic. 
    Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Muller, Contento, Schweinsteiger. 
    Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy) 
    2/19/2014 7:15:58 PM
  • Well, the rumours were true, as Arsene Wenger sticks with Yaya Sanogo as his lead striker with the somewhat out-of-form Olivier Giroud on the bench. A massive call from the Gunners' boss, and will it cost them? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gets the nod ahead of Tomas Rosicky, and joins Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla behind the French striker.
    Pep Guardiola has made a bold call of his own, with Javi Martinez starting in place of Bayern stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger. Toni Kroos is recalled to cover for the absent Franck Ribery, despite falling out with Guardiola in recent weeks.
    2/19/2014 7:20:31 PM
  • Why has Arsene Wenger put the emphasis on a clean sheet?
    The fluent Germans went 2-0 up inside 20 minutes and, although Lukas Podolski retrieved one goal, a scrambled third from the visitors left Arsenal with too much to do in the return leg. It was to their credit that they scored early and late in the Allianz Arena, only going out on away goals, but too much damage had been done in London.
    To read more what Steve Tongue has to say on the match, CLICK HERE.
    2/19/2014 7:25:16 PM
  • Lukas Podolski is "lazy" while Mesut Ozil needs to bulkl up:

    Of Arsenal's German players, Babbel said he was surprised of the success that Lukas Podolski has had in England, as he was "too lazy" when he played in Germany.

    "[Podolski] surprises me," said the 41-year-old. "I haven't given him the credit he deserves for the success he's had in England. Honestly, I thought he was too lazy at Bayern Munich and Koln, but he has emerged. When he is on the pitch, he is on fire."

    To read more of what former Bayern defender Markus Babbel had to say, CLICK HERE.
    2/19/2014 7:27:56 PM
  • Just under 10 minutes to go until kick-off. We'll leave the poll up until half-time, so don't forget to predict the result. We also want to know what you think of the decision to leave out Giroud for the untested Sanogo. A masterstroke, or mistake of the century?
    2/19/2014 7:37:51 PM
  • A few pre-match thoughts...

    2/19/2014 7:39:05 PM
  • The players are heading out of the tunnel, and they're greeted by a sea or red and white with fans spelling out 'Arsenal' in the stands.
    2/19/2014 7:43:27 PM
  • Time for the Champions League anthem. I've got goosebumps. Not often do you get a match that is all built-up to be a cracker. We were treated to Manchester City v Barcelona last night, with the away side winning 2-0. Will the same happen tonight? We're moments away!
    2/19/2014 7:44:29 PM
  • 1 mins: The match is underway!
    2/19/2014 7:46:31 PM
  • 1 mins: Arsenal attack early, with Oxlade-Chamberlain bursting into the box with just 25 seconds gone. He knocks it long, but that's a massive sign of intent from the Gunners.
    2/19/2014 7:47:34 PM
  • 2 mins: Arsenal look to have settled early, with the home fans in fantastic voice. It takes Bayern over 90 seconds to get their first real piece of possession. 
    2/19/2014 7:48:34 PM
  • 3 mins: Chance... fantastic save! Arsenal back off Kroos and allow him to take aim at goal. He duly obliges, and pulls out a brilliant save from Szczesny, who pushes it past the post for a corner. The cross is cleared and the danger is gone.
    2/19/2014 7:50:13 PM
  • 7 mins: PENALTY TO ARSENAL!
    2/19/2014 7:54:22 PM
  • 8 MINS: Ozil takes it...and it's saved!
    2/19/2014 7:54:55 PM
  • 8 MINS: Not for the first time this season, Ozil takes a very lacklustre penalty. He hits it lazily down the middle and Neuer, diving to his left, just reaches back with his right hand to palm it clear. What a chance for Arsenal, and it was good work from Ozil to win the penalty before.
    2/19/2014 7:56:09 PM
  • 10 mins: Robben has a free-kick just outside the Arsenal area, but his effort is straight into the wall and he cannons the rebound over.
    2/19/2014 7:58:01 PM
  • Poor old Ozil can't catch a break, can he?


    2/19/2014 7:59:38 PM
  • Ozil's penalty:

    2/19/2014 8:00:18 PM
  • 15 mins: Arsenal aren't being overrun like they were last year, but Bayern are beginning to grow in the game. A lively start to say the least, with Sanogo looking impressive given it's only his third appearance for the club.
    2/19/2014 8:01:46 PM
  • Our chief football correspondent Sam Wallace is at the Emirates tonight...

    2/19/2014 8:02:53 PM
  • 17 mins: Lahm gets forward down the right, and wins a corner off Gibbs. It's headed clear by Sanogo, and Alaba hits it first time outside the area. It's heading goal-bound, but Flamini does well to swipe it clear.
    2/19/2014 8:04:26 PM
  • 20 mins: It's calmed down here at the Emirates, but it's hotting up in Milan, as a poor tackle from Emiliano Insua triggers a mass coming together of both teams and bench's. All handbags though, and it's soon sorted out.
    2/19/2014 8:07:13 PM

  • 23 mins: Ozil gives the ball away in midfield, and the home fans voice their frustration. Imagine what that penalty could have done for his confidence. Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to break down the right, and he out-paces Alaba to go through on goal. A chance here, but Neuer is quickly out and clears to safety.
    2/19/2014 8:10:37 PM
  • 25 mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain is proving a real treat, and he's away again on the wing, but this time his cross is put out for a corner. It's delivered onto the head of Sanogo, and he knocks it down to his feet but can't quite lash a shot goal-bound and it's quickly cleared.
    2/19/2014 8:11:56 PM
  • 26 mins: Bayern break through Gotze on the right, and he delivers a high ball towards Mandzukic. Mertesacker challenges the striker, and Koscielny can calmly head clear to Gibbs who relieves the pressure.
    2/19/2014 8:13:00 PM
  • 27 mins: Free-kick to Bayern after Ozil givs away the foul. Robben delivers towards Mandzukic, but his header is well wide.
    2/19/2014 8:14:39 PM
  • 29 mins: Wilshere is brought down by Boateng on the edge of the box, but there's concern over Kieran Gibbs here as he's down on the floor. It doesn't look good as Szczesny gives the substitution sign, and Monreal is preparing to come on.
    2/19/2014 8:16:24 PM
  • 30 mins: That change has happened and that's a blow for the Arsenal back four, who look far more assured with Gibbs at left-back than they do with Monreal.
    2/19/2014 8:17:52 PM
  • Pep can't believe his eyes when the penalty is given

    2/19/2014 8:19:18 PM
  • 34 mins: Sagna is pressured into giving the ball away in his own half, but Bayern can't take advantage and Mertesacker calmly plays it to Szczesny, who clears.
    2/19/2014 8:20:56 PM
  • 38 mins: PENALTY TO BAYERN AND SZCZESNY IS SENT-OFF!
    2/19/2014 8:24:06 PM
  • 38 mins: What a moment that is! The ball is dinked over the Arsenal backline with Robben charging through. The Bayern man just gets there before Szczesny, and knocks of to the left of the goalkeeper before being clipped. The referee pauses for a second, before giving a penalty. He then produces a straight red and Szczesny is off.
    2/19/2014 8:25:53 PM
  • 40 mins: Fabianski comes on for Cazorla and it'll be Alaba to take...
    2/19/2014 8:26:20 PM
  • 40 mins: IT'S OFF THE POST AND WIDE!
    2/19/2014 8:26:35 PM
  • 41 mins: What a let-off that is, and who'd have thought in a game between these two sides that TWO penalties would be missed. Robben is roundly booed on his next touch.
    2/19/2014 8:28:07 PM
  • 42 mins: Alaba, known for his thunderous shots, chooses placement over power as he aims for the bottom-left corner. But he hits the outside of the post and it bounces wide. Arsenal face a mammoth task though as they must now look to hold-on with 10 men, and Szczesny will also miss the second leg in Munich.
    2/19/2014 8:29:37 PM
  • 45 mins: Two minutes of injury time in what has been a very entertaining - and nerve-wracking - first half.
    2/19/2014 8:32:00 PM
  • 45+1 mins: Yellow card for Mandzukic for a foul in the Arsenal area - I should mention that Boateng was also booked for the foul on Ozil that produced the first penalty.
    2/19/2014 8:32:54 PM
  • Half-Time: That's it for the first half.
    2/19/2014 8:33:56 PM
  • Half-Time: Well, I'll take a second to catch my breath. Somehow, we're goalless at the Emirates. We've had two missed penalties, a red card that sees Arsenal down to 10, a number of chances, an early injury for the Gunners, and we still have 135 minutes left to go before this two-legged tie is over. 
    2/19/2014 8:35:47 PM
  • Half-Time: From an Arsenal point of view, it was a half of what could've been. Ozil should have given them the lead from the spot, and the injury to Gibbs plus the Szczesny red card could severely hamper them. Sanogo and Oxlade-Chamberlain have looked very lively - their German midfield team-mate not so much. For Bayern, they have had their fair share of chances, but haven't quite had the dominance that we've become used to. A 0-0 draw will be a brilliant result for the Gunners from here.
    2/19/2014 8:39:02 PM
  • Szczesny sees red:


    2/19/2014 8:42:25 PM
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