Champions League: Bayern Munich v Arsenal - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League: Bayern Munich v Arsenal

Live minute-by-minute coverage of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Bayern Munich v Arsenal.

    The Gunners remain Britain's only hope of success on Europe's grandest stage this season - although I'm yet to meet a single person who thinks they might make it through tonight's tie and into Friday's quarter-final draw. If you think they can - please let me know by commenting above.

    Arsenal trail Bayern Munich 3-1 after the German side's scintillating display at the Emirates three weeks ago. On that evening the goalscorers for Bayern were Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller before Lukas Podolski gave the home side some hope. However Mario Mandzukic scrambled in a late third for the visitors to put Bayern in a commanding position ahead of tonight's game at the Allianz Arena.

    While this remains Arsenal's only hope of any silverware this season, before the match Arsene Wenger appeared to be more concerned about the weekend match at Swansea in the Premier League. Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski and Bacary Sagna are all out injured while Szczesny has been rested.

    For a closer look at those charged with saving Arsenal's season, click here.

    Today's lead story from The Independent concerns that of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, and more specifically his state of mind. He's been rested for tonight's game and you can read the full story as to why by clicking here

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    Arsenal will certainly need a miracle to overcome their two goal deficit - but at least they can look to Barcelona's performance last night which showed the way.
    3/13/2013 7:29:39 PM
  • Here's how the teams line-up...

    Bayern Munich: Neuer; Lahm, Dante, Van Buyten, Alaba; Martinez, Gustavo; Muller, Kroos, Robben; Mandzukic. Subs: Starke, Rafinha, Contento, Shaqiri, Tymoshchuk, Pizarro, Gomez.

    Arsenal: Fabianski; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Walcott, Rosicky, Cazorla; Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Ox, Diaby, Gervinho, Coquelin.
    3/13/2013 7:32:50 PM
  • So despite Wenger's pre-match hints that some big players would be dropped with one eye on the weekend's match at Swansea - he's named Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla among the starting line-up. Those traveling Gooners will be happy... at least for the moment.
    3/13/2013 7:34:15 PM
  • Thomas Vermaelen has been dropped to the bench for tonight's match - another bit of news that might please Arsenal fans considering recent performances.

    3/13/2013 7:36:00 PM
  • We all know Arsenal face a massive task in qualifying for the quarter-finals - and here's just how hard...

    Only twice has a team ever come back from losing the first leg at home to win a tie in the knockout stages - Inter Milan two seasons ago and Ajax in 1996.

    No team in the Champions League have ever recovered to qualify after losing the first leg at home by a two goal margin.

    Arsenal have never overturned a home first-leg deficit in any European competition and won only one of their last 22 European away games by the margin required to qualify tonight - a 3-1 success against Partizan Belgrade in 2010-11.

    Bayern have not lost at home by more than one goal for 25 months, a period spanning 52 games, and sit 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
    3/13/2013 7:39:00 PM
  • There's Jens Lehmann - just hanging out at the Allianz Arena. Speaking to Sky Sports before the match he refused to categorically say Arsenal stood no chance of going through - he may have just been being nice to his former club though.

    3/13/2013 7:40:18 PM
  • We're just a few minutes away from kick-off and the teams are on the way out. There's around 3,500 Arsenal fans who have made the trip - will it have been worth it? We're about to find out...
    3/13/2013 7:42:54 PM
  • With Vermaelen on the bench - Mikel Arteta captains the Arsenal side tonight.
    3/13/2013 7:45:09 PM
  • 1 min: Off we go...
    3/13/2013 7:45:40 PM
  • 2 min: Early touch for Fabianski who is put under pressure after some good closing down by Bayern. Arsenal are surely going to struggle without Wilshere's surety on the ball.
    3/13/2013 7:47:09 PM
  • First sighting of a home-made, kitchen foil-covered European Cup cut-out at the Allianz Arena. Confident
  • 3 min: GOAL! Arsenal!
    3/13/2013 7:48:45 PM
  • 5 min: Wow - what a start by Arsenal - could we be in for something special? It was a great goal with the ball worked across midfield from Ramsey to Rosicky to Walcott - who pinged it across the face of the goal for Giroud to slam into the roof of the net from a yard out.
    3/13/2013 7:50:22 PM
  • 6 min: Allianz Arena seems stunned - I don't think they were expecting that. Bayern haven't really got started as Muller is called offside.
    3/13/2013 7:51:15 PM
  • 7 min: Just to be clear - because of Bayern's away goal at the Emirates - a 2-0 to the Arsenal wouldn't be enough. They need three. Not a bad start though.
    3/13/2013 7:52:21 PM
  • Giroud scores the opening goal of the match.

    3/13/2013 7:54:29 PM
  • 11 min: Bayern have started to string a few passes together and get some crosses in. They win a corner and it breaks to the edge of the box where Gustavo slams it over the bar.
    3/13/2013 7:56:07 PM
  • 12 min: Cazorla pings in a cross from a freekick and for a moment it looks like Bayern have switched off - but it rolls harmlessly out for a goal kick.
    3/13/2013 7:57:29 PM
  • 14 min: Gary Neville on Sky Sports says he's never seen so many players slipping over in "all his life". There are a few going over to be fair.
    3/13/2013 7:59:01 PM
  • 15 min: While Bayern are seeing most of the ball, there's none of that slick incisiveness that they displayed in the first leg - at least not yet. Kroos shoots from the edge of the box before Lahm has a go - well defended by Arsenal.
    3/13/2013 8:00:35 PM
  • We need to keep the ball!
  • I can believe I'm gonna say this but common Arsenal!!
  • 18 min: Arsenal having a little spell in possession just now - they've really flattened the home crowd in Munich. You can clearly here the 3,500 Gooners.
    3/13/2013 8:03:39 PM
  • Ramsey runs the ball back to the half-way line after the opening goal.

    3/13/2013 8:05:06 PM
  • 21 min: Fabianski holds the ball well from an Alaba cross - the stand in keeper has done all that's been asked of him so far.
    3/13/2013 8:06:03 PM
  • 22 min: If the cold here in England was getting to you - there's one saving grace. It looks bloody freezing in Munich. #gloves
    3/13/2013 8:07:16 PM
  • 24 min: Arsenal not looking too troubled right now - Bayern doing most of the probing, but not getting in behind the Gunners' back line. Fabianski catches well from Gustavo cross.
    3/13/2013 8:09:11 PM
  • 25 min: Martinez shoots over from the edge of the box - and he looks unhappy with the lay off from Kroos which came to him at pace. Arsenal then go down the other end and for a moment it looked like Rosicky might get in - but he doesn't.
    3/13/2013 8:10:45 PM
  • 26 min: Arteta gives the ball away on the edge of box and Gary Neville warns "they can't keep getting away with that" as a shot is saved by Fabianski.
    3/13/2013 8:11:36 PM
  • 27 min: Uh oh - Robben breaks and Arsenal look in trouble but Jenkinson does brilliantly to dispossess him and come away with the ball. Sagna who?
    3/13/2013 8:12:35 PM
  • Good going jenkinson!
  • 29 min: Robben's really starting to get himself involved in this match as the Dutchman takes a shot from the edge of the box. It skids wide.
    3/13/2013 8:14:17 PM
  • 30 min: Close! Mertesacker fails to clear and from a tight angle Muller smashes it into the side netting. Arsenal can't afford silly mistakes.
    3/13/2013 8:15:51 PM
  • Robben in action against Arsenal.

    3/13/2013 8:16:09 PM
  • 32 min: For the first time in what seems ages Arsenal get forward and Walcott plays a teasing ball across the face of goal and if Giroud just had a little more pace he would have been on the end of it at the back post.
    3/13/2013 8:17:29 PM
  • 34 min: Walcott's playing out wide tonight rather than through the middle as he did in the first leg. It really seems to be helping to provide an outlet for Arsenal on the few occasions the defenders are able to look up and pick someone out. Arsenal clear a corner.
    3/13/2013 8:19:42 PM
  • 37 min: Some good pressing from Arsenal a bit higher up the pitch and it allows Cazorla to win it, only for the Spaniard to lose possession. Wenger will be desperate for his side to take this advantage into the break.
    3/13/2013 8:22:02 PM
  • 38 min: The ball nearly breaks to Muller but Mertesacker has enough pace (just) to get there before him and clear.
    3/13/2013 8:23:00 PM
  • Mertesacker vs Muller the battle of pace
  • 40 min: Giroud is down injured. He looks in a lot of pain. Time for Arshavin to come on and score a brace? The Russian's done it before, although you'd need to dust off the history books to remember when.
    3/13/2013 8:25:27 PM
  • 41 min: Giroud has come back on - Arshavin time later, or there's always Gervinho. Arsenal getting forward a little more as we near the end of the half.
    3/13/2013 8:26:34 PM
  • Giroud had better run this off... It's far too soon to bring on goal machine Gervinho... #Arsenal
  • Arsene Wenger - doing some thinking at the Allianz Arena.

    3/13/2013 8:28:18 PM
  • 45 min: Gibbs is booked for bringing down Robben - a tight call but the ref probably got it right.
    3/13/2013 8:30:04 PM
  • 45 + 1 min: We have one minute of added time - can Arsenal see this out?
    3/13/2013 8:30:51 PM
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