Champions League - Group F
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Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich were unbeaten in both the league and Champions League before losing to Arsenal

Arsenal revived their Champions League hopes in thrilling fashion with a crucial victory over Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners' hopes of reaching the knockout phase were in serious jeopardy after they lost their opening two games away to Dinamo Zagreb and at home to Olympiakos.

Arsene Wenger's side responded by beating Pep Guardiola's Bayern - clear favourites to win Group F - and make a nonsense of those dismal earlier performances.

Bayern dominated possession but Arsenal dug out the win that keeps their hopes alive when substitute Olivier Giroud bundled home from close range in the 77th minute after goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made a rare error as he missed Santi Cazorla's free-kick.

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Intense Arsenal display pleases Wenger

The win was secured in the dying seconds when Mesut Ozil turned in Hector Bellerin's cross, Neuer clawing the ball out only for the officials to adjudge it had crossed the line.

Arsenal were indebted to keeper Petr Cech, restored after replacement David Ospina's mistake in the defeat by Olympiakos, saving superbly from Thiago Alcantara and Arturo Vidal.

Neuer also excelled before his mistake, particularly with a sensational save from Theo Walcott's first-half header.

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The different faces of Manuel Neuer

Neuer is widely regarded as the world's best - but it was a mixed night for Germany's World Cup winner.

He produced a save only the greats can contemplate when clawing out Walcott's close-range header when a goal seemed certain.

Could Walcott's header have been directed better? Did he give Neuer just that slight chance of making a save that the best will always take advantage of?

Yes, but it was still a monument to reflexes, agility and technique as Neuer left Walcott dumbfounded, as well as Aaron Ramsey, who had already turned to celebrate.

Neuer, however, proved he was fallible as Arsenal took the lead, making an ungainly dash from goal and flapping hopelessly at Cazorla's free-kick to allow Giroud to scramble home with a hint of handball.

It happens to the best - and it may just have saved Arsenal's Champions League campaign.

Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer made four saves in the first half, the best a one-handed stop to deny Theo Walcott
MAnuel Neuer
Neuer's save was praised by a number of current and former footballers, with ex-Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina tweeting: "That's why he is the number one in the world."
Arsenal
Neuer had not conceded twice in one game this season before the trip to Arsenal

Cech proves a point

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was uncharacteristically touchy when it was suggested he made a mistake in preferring David Ospina to first choice Petr Cech in their previous Champions League game at home to Olympiakos.

It backfired as Ospina dropped a simple catch from a corner into his own net in the damaging 3-2 defeat.

Wenger was defiant in the face of claims he had made a serious error but the case against him only got stronger with 33-year-old Cech's return and performance against Bayern Munich.

Cech was in the action quickly with a superb reflex save from Thiago and also showed his enduring athleticism to save from Vidal.

This is not to suggest Ospina is a poor keeper - the Colombian is not - but when you have a keeper of Cech's quality at your disposal it is folly to leave him out of a game you cannot afford to lose.

Wenger did make a mistake when he dropped Cech. This game proved it.

Petr Cech
Petr Cech was making his first appearance in the Champions League this season

The great Arsenal mystery

Arsenal's Champions League aspirations were wrecked last season by a performance of naivety and defensive incompetence in equal measure against Monaco in February when they lost 3-1 at home as they went out in the last 16.

The performance in defeat against Olympiakos was not far behind and left Arsenal fans infuriated.

Before that fixture, Wenger had said Arsenal "must win" all their home games but, after twice falling behind, they threw away the chance of a point when they conceded what proved the winner almost immediately after Alexis Sanchez's equaliser.

Arsenal and Bayern graphic
Arsenal (left) were camped inside their own half for much of the game, with only three players spending the majority in Bayern's half. In contrast, all but two of Bayern's outfield players (right) spent most of the game in Arsenal's half

How can a team that play so poorly against those opponents acquit themselves so well against Bayern Munich, accepted as a member of European football's royalty under the guidance of one of the game's great coaches in Pep Guardiola?

Guardiola is used to enjoying possession without victory at Emirates. When Barcelona lost a two-goal lead to draw here in April 2010, Arsenal only had 38% of possession - in the first half here Bayern enjoyed a 74.5% share.

And yet, once more, Arsenal dug in. They were defensively resilient, dogged in midfield and, even though the two goals were scrambled, they may well prove to be priceless.

Xabi Alonso
Bayern Munich had a passing accuracy of 90.7% while Arsenal had 74.5%

Man of the match - Petr Cech

Petr Cech
Wisely restored after being left out against Olympiakos. Authority, experience, excellence.

What this means for Arsenal

Arsenal

The Gunners remain bottom of the table, but are level on three points with Dinamo Zagreb and three behind both Olympiakos and Bayern Munich.

Wenger's side face Bayern at the Allianz Arena on 4 November, before hosting Dinamo later that month.

They finish their group stage campaign at Olympiakos on 9 December.

The top two in each group progress to the knockout stage, with the team finishing third going into the Europa League.

The pundit's view

John Hartson on BBC Radio 5 live: "This was a massive result. Arsenal needed a result and three points.

"They are firmly back in the group and it keeps the momentum going.

"They had to defend for their lives but what a win for Arsenal."

The stats you need to know

  • Olivier Giroud's past four goals for Arsenal have come from the bench
  • This is the first time Bayern have failed to win at Emirates Stadium, on their third visit
  • This was the first time Bayern failed to score in a Champions League group since December 2011, against Man City
  • Bayern Munich have won only one of their past six away games in the Champions League (D1 L4)
  • Arsene Wenger is the first manager to beat Pep Guardiola's Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams in the Champions League

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 24Bellerín
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 19Cazorla
  • 34Coquelin
  • 16RamseySubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 57'minutes
  • 11Özil
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forGibbsat 82'minutes
  • 14WalcottSubstituted forGiroudat 74'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 2Debuchy
  • 3Gibbs
  • 8Arteta
  • 12Giroud
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Chambers
  • 49Macey

Bayern Mun

  • 1Neuer
  • 21Lahm
  • 17Boateng
  • 27Alaba
  • 18Bernat
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forKimmichat 70'minutes
  • 25Müller
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 23VidalSubstituted forRafinhaat 71'minutes
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 8Javi Martínez
  • 13Rafinha
  • 15Kirchhoff
  • 16Gaudino
  • 26Ulreich
  • 29Coman
  • 32Kimmich
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
49,824

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamBayern Mun
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home13
Away20
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 2, FC Bayern München 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, FC Bayern München 0.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, FC Bayern München 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München).

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Alaba.

Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. David Alaba (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

Attempt blocked. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Bernat with a cross.

Booking

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by David Alaba.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Hand ball by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 1, FC Bayern München 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München).

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rafinha.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Douglas Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Theo Walcott.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Thiago Alcántara.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Rafinha replaces Arturo Vidal.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Joshua Kimmich replaces Xabi Alonso.

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München).

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara.

Attempt missed. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Aaron Ramsey because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid22006066
2Paris SG22005056
3Malmö FF200204-40
4Shakt Donsk200207-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSV Eindhoven21014403
2Man Utd21013303
3CSKA21013303
4VfL Wolfsburg21012203

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benfica22004136
2Atl Madrid21013213
3Galatasaray201124-21
4FC Astana201124-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus22004136
2Sevilla21013213
3Man City21013303
4B Gladbach200215-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona32105237
2Bayer Levkn31119724
3BATE Bor310248-43
4Roma302178-12

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Mun32018266
2Olympiakos320145-16
3Dinamo Zagreb310227-53
4Arsenal31025503

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto32106337
2Dynamo Kiev31204225
3Chelsea31115234
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv300308-80

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P33008449
2Valencia32015416
3KAA Gent301235-21
4Lyon301225-31
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