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But of course it's not all over yet. The second leg is at the Emirates Stadium on the 7th March. The thought of playing Bayern again must feel Arsenal fans and players with dread, although the usual pattern is for Arsenal to mount a fruitless coming in the second legs of these last 16 ties.
Bayern though. It was like a Guardiola-era display of utter dominance, putting to bed any doubts about the direction they are going in under Ancelotti. Although on the other hand, maybe they're just saving their best for the Champions League this season.
It really is Groundhog Day. Bayern beat Arsenal 5-1, just as they had when they last met here 15 months ago. Another real humbling for Arsenal, who look set to miss out in the last 16 yet again.
FULL TIME. Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal.
90+2: Both sides look happy just to see this one out now.
90+1: Three minutes stoppage time. Three minutes more than there would have been if this was a Bundesliga game.
88: A bad mistake from Oxlade-Chamberlain, loose ball caught by Kimmich. Müller is found by Thiago, and despite only just coming on he gets his goal.
GOAL BAYERN. Müller gets in on the act. 5-1.
87: Bayern racing through their changes. Rafinha comes on for Robben.
86: Özil corner headed by Giroud to nowhere in particular. Bayern counter but Kimmich shoots wide. And there's now time for a second Bayern change, with Lewandowski making way for Müller.
85: Walcott paces into the box, he has no support though and has to settle for winning a corner.
84: First change for Bayern - Costa is replaced by Joshua Kimmich. Arsenal have a free-kick meanwhile, but Özil takes and it's easily cleared.
83: Lahm booked after knocking into Oxlade-Chamberlain. He sees the yellow card that will keep him out of the second leg.
82: And then a similar chance for Costa, with a similar response from Ospina.
81: Lahm finds Robben in the box, the two are combining so well. Robben takes a couple of touches, with Ospina saving his right-footed shot.
79: Lewandowski down in the box again, no penalty. Gabriel with a rather forceful arm/elbow into him.
77: Bayern corner causes a few problems, but Ospina able to eventually collect the ball.
76: Final change for Arsenal. Olivier Giroud on for Coquelin. Arsenal hoping he can snatch another away goal. Tough ask.
75: Bayern passing it around for fun, eventually the ball goes to Lewandowski. He goes down under a challenge from Mustafi but no penalty is given.
70: Gabriel dispossess Lewandowski in the box. Vital to deny a fifth, for now.
68: Vidal strikes on from well outside the box. Another good save from Ospina to deny him. Another corner though.
66: Arsenal make their move. Theo Walcott replaces Iwobi.
63: Was about to say Ospina has been faultless despite the score. Another corner, and it eventually comes out to Thiago, who fires in. It takes a deflection, catches out the Colombian keeper and it's in off his foot. You can't really blame him though. But this is looking like carnage now.
GOAL BAYERN. Thiago again. 4-1.
63: Back-to-back corners for Bayern, and the second is headed on goal by Martínez, but a fantastic save from Ospina to stop him.
61: So close to four! Ospina manages to force Lewandowski wide, but the Pole wrestles the ball off him. His cross his deflected off an Arsenal head onto the bar! Robben gets it, and it's off Gibbs (an unintentional hand) for a corner.
60: A mistake from Mustafi but Xhaka is back to cover. Arsenal on the racks. He might not have made a difference but they are already missing Koscielny. Meanwhile Xhaka is booked for a foul on Alonso.
58: An Özil free-kick comes to nothing and Bayern quickly counter, with Lahm again whipping the ball into the box, no repeat of the goal this time.
56: Just like that. Superb ball from Alonso, via a clever flick from Lewandowski, Thiago is straight on it and puts the ball home.
GOAL BAYERN. Thiago, 3-1.
55: A little bit of controversy the build-up. The referee had given Arsenal a corner before changing his mind. Correctly, as it had gone out off the heel of Özil. Wenger was not happy though.
53: Bayern skipper Lahm overlaps with Robben, makes the cross and Lewandowski out-jumps Mustafi and unlike in the first half he hits the target and Bayern lead again!
GOAL BAYERN. Lewandowski makes it 2-1.
50: So Koscielny is off, but Ospina is fine to continue. Gibbs has taken the armband for Arsenal.
47: Ospina chases down a ball outside of his box and collides with Costa, winning a free-kick and hurting himself in the process. Meanwhile, Gabriel Paulista appears to be replacing a struggling Koscielny. Looks like he might have hurt his hamstring.
47: Arsenal moving the ball all around the edge of the Bayern box, but Bayern's defence holds firm and eventually it's forced out for a goal kick.
46: The second half has kicked off.
Welcome back, the second half is just about to get back underway. No changes for either side.
Join us again in just under 15 minutes time for the second half from Munich.
In tonight's other Champions League game, it's 1-1 between Real Madrid and SSC Napoli. Karim Benzema equalised for Real after Lorenzo Insigne had stunned the hosts earlier on.
A pulsating first 45 minutes. Bayern were all over Arsenal in the early stages, and Arjen Robben put them ahead with a goal he could have scored in his sleep, even if the finish itself was rather spectacular. Alexis Sánchez equalised, eventually, and Arsenal have looked a lot more comfortable since, even if Bayern have had several opportunities to regain the lead.
HALF TIME. Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal.
45+1: Özil gets behind the Bayern defence, he has only Neuer to beat but of course the Bayern goalkeeper is able to block the shot.
45+1: One minute added.
45: Xhaka gives away a free-kick. Alonso whips it in from the right, and Hummels heads wide. Another let off for Arsenal.
44: Alaba to Costa on the left wing, his cross finds Lewandowski, but he doesn't hit the target again, heading over.
40: An attempted ball into Lewandowski in the Arsenal box but Ospina gets there first.
39: Özil wins the blal for Arsenal, he breaks forward with Sánchez with support from Oxlade-Chamberlain. He crosses the ball into Xhaka, who volleys it from the edge of the box, but Neuer saves.
38: Alaba tries to cross the ball to Lewandowski. The Pole puts it wide but the referee rules that it had gone out before Alaba had crossed. Goal kick.
36: Following the corner, Vidal plays it at the post to Lewandowski, but he puts it over. Big chance missed.
35: Costa this time cuts in from the right. He finds David Alaba on the opposite wing, but his ball in is blocked by the hand of Héctor Bellerín. Not deliberate though, just a corner. The Bayern players weren't impressed.
33: Arsenal finally starting to play some football. However they latest attack ends when Sánchez appears to bring down Martínez. A little bit of a spat for afters, and Sánchez is the latest player to see a yellow card.
30: A poor penalty from Sánchez is kept out by Neuer, but he does brilliantly in the end. He loses the rebound with his first touch, wins it back with his chest and slots the ball in at the third attempt. An away goal for the Gunners!
GOAL. PENALTY MISSED, BUT SÁNCHEZ SCORES! 1-1
29: From an Arsenal corner, Lewandowski gets tangled with Koscileny. He brings him down, and the referee points to the spot.
PENALTY TO ARSENAL!
27: Özil takes, not the greatest of free-kicks but it's spilled by the usually reliable Manuel Neuer. No Arsenal player can get on the rebound.
26: Arsenal free-kick. Sanchez goes on another one-man break forward. Hummels struggles to keep up and has to resort to holding him back. Foul given, and Hummels is booked.
24: A Vidal attempt is blocked by Frances Coquelin, and Arsenal, or rather just Sánchez, try to counter. Only so much the Chilean can do.
22: Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to play the ball into the box, but it's blocked. Bayern very quickly down the other end again.
21: Another left-footed strike from Robben. This time it takes a deflection and Bayern have their first corner of the game. Not too much comes of it though.
20: Philipp Lahm allowed to waltz into the box from his supposed right-back berth, fortunately for Arsenal Mustafi is there to block his ball in.
18: Alexis Sánchez caught offside as Alex Iowbi tries to play the ball forward.
15: First yellow card of the game goes to Shkodran Mustafi for a foul on Thiago.
15: A dangerous moment for Arsenal. Mats Hummels finds Robert Lewandowski with a long ball. He's unable to take it cleanly, with a good tackle from Laurent Koscielny, but the ball finds Robben, although his shot is an easier one for Ospina to deal with.
11: Superb strike. Great build-up play, and Robben cuts in the from the right and strikes the ball past Ospina with his left foot.
GOAL BAYERN! 1-0. Arjen Robben scores.
7: First chance of the game falls to Arturo Vidal. He shoots from outside the box but Ospina makes a clean save.
4: Arsenal's first real sight of the ball sees Alex Iwobi try to play the ball into the box, however Robben blocks and eventually Bayern get the ball down the other end of the pitch.
3: Bayern already dominating possession, as you would expect. No chances as yet for either team.
0: Kick-off at the Allianz Arena.
The players are out on the pitch at Munich, the Champions League anthem has been played and we're about to get underway.
The referee tonight is Milorad Mažić from Serbia. He has never officiated a Bayern match before, but he has taken charge of two previous Arsenal Champions League games, against SSC Napoli in 2013 and Beşiktaş JK a year later. His assistants will be Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Djurdjević, the fourth official is Nemanja Petrović and the assistants behind the goal are Danilo Grujić and Nenad Djokić. All are from Serbia as well.
Meanwhile Wenger himself has been defended by his counterpart this evening. Ancelotti said he had “a lot of the respect” for the work he has done at Arsenal over the past 20 years. He also praised how he had “built a strong identity and a good style of football” at the club.
Unlike Müller for Bayern, Arsenal's misfiring German world champion, Mesut Özil, is starting tonight, despite some suggestions that he deserves to be dropped following some poor recent performances. Wenger naturally came to his defence in the build-up to the match, believing that the 28-year-old needs to rediscover his confidence. How can he do that? "It’s time for him to score again," says the Frenchman.
And here's confirmation of the two benches. For Bayern: Ulreich, Rafinha, Bernat, Müller, Coman, Kimmich, Sanches. And Arsenal's substitutes are: Cech, Gabriel, Giroud, Walcott, Monreal, Welbeck, Elneny.
As in the group stage, Wenger had preferred to play David Ospina in goal ahead of the more experienced Petr Cech. The only other change from the side that beat Hull at the weekend sees Xhaka replace Theo Walcott, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain moving out onto the wing. Kieran Gibbs keeps his place ahead of Nacho Monreal.
No real surprises for either side. Bayern bring in Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa from the side that (eventually) won at Ingolstadt on Saturday. It had been anticipated that Thomas Müller would only be on the bench, with Joshua Kimmich the other man to drop from the starting line-up.
Arsenal: (4-2-3-1) Ospina; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Xhaka, Coquelin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Iwobi; Sánchez.
Bayern Munich: (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Lahm, Martínez, Hummels, Alaba; Alonso, Vidal; Robben, Thiago, Costa; Lewandowski.
Welcome back. The team news for tonight's match is starting to come through, starting with the Bayern starting XI.
Join us again ahead of kick-off for all of the team news and further build-up to what should be an exciting match in Bavaria.
Arsenal will be without long-term absentee Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Pérez, with the latter ruled out on Tuesday with a hamstring problem. In addition, defender Carl Jenkinson has been left out of their Champions League squad. Granit Xhaka, familiar with Bayern from his time with Borussia Mönchengladbach, returns from a four-match domestic suspension.
As for team news ahead of the game, Bayern were handed a boost when veteran midfielder Xavi Alonso took a full part in training on Tuesday, after he was forced out of training with a knee problem on Monday, with Ancelotti confirming in his pre-match press conference that he is fit to start. They will though be without Franck Ribéry and Jérôme Boateng, although both are nearing returns.
Arsenal have managed to reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League on every occasion since the second group phase was axed in 2003. However they have failed to progress from the last 16 in each of the last six seasons. As well as the two occasions against Bayern, they have also been knocked out by AC Milan, AS Monaco and twice by FC Barcelona, who saw them off last year with 2-0 and 3-1 wins.
Bayern of course are trying to regain the Champions League for the first time since 2013, with a manager in Ancelotti who has won it five times, twice as a player and three times as a manager, most recently in 2014 with Real Madrid. However during Pep Guardiola’s reign, they were fated each time to fall to each of the Spanish ‘big three’ in the semi-finals. It was Atlético who denied them a place in the final last season, with the German champions going out on away goals.
Not that everything is all rosy for Bayern. They needed the full 90 minutes to find the net against lowly FC Ingolstadt 04 at the weekend, despite eventually scoring twice. And even though they’ve won seven of their eight competitive games since their 1-0 win against Atlético in their last group game, their performances since the long winter break have not been convincing. The key though is that they have still kept winning.
That was never going to last. The annual Emirates Stadium meltdown is now in full swing. Arsène Wenger’s future has been thrown into doubt once more, not least because his current contract expires in the summer, and league defeats against Watford and Chelsea seem to have ended realistic hopes of a title challenge once again. They did at least beat Hull City, in unconvincing and controversial fashion, on Saturday.
In theory, topping the group meant Arsenal would finally get an easy draw in the last 16. Of course, they didn’t. That said, when the draw was made back in December, this looked like the perfect time for Arsenal to play Bayern. The German giants had been stuttering under Carlo Ancelotti, whilst Arsenal were in excellent form.
After a perennial series of second-place finishes, Arsenal finally came out as group winners, with Paris Saint-Germain’s match day six draw against Ludogorets Razgrad meaning the Gunners piped them to the post. They remained unbeaten throughout, for the first time since reaching the final in 2005-06, beating both Ludogorets and FC Basel as well as drawing their two matches with PSG.
Despite Bayern’s status as favourites for this tie, they were actually one of the non-seeded sides for the last 16 draw, after finishing second behind Atlético Madrid in Group D. Defeat away to the Spaniards, as well as the shock loss in Russia against FC Rostov, consigned them to their fate, although they did win their other four games, including both against the other team in the group, PSV Eindhoven.
In their group stage meetings last season, Arsenal surprisingly beat Bayern 2-0 at the Emirates, with Olivier Giroud and Mesut Özil scoring, but they were put to the sword by Bayern in the return match, losing 5-1, which included a double for Thomas Müller.
It is also the third time in that period that they have met at this stage. On both occasions, in 2013 and 2014, Bayern came out on top. The ties followed a similar pattern, with Bayern winning the first leg in London before Arsenal valiantly tried to save grace at the Allianz Arena, the setting for tonight's match, scraping a win and a draw, although ultimately in vain.
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s coverage of the latest instalment in the recent rivalry between Bayern Munich vs Arsenal live stream result in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. It is the fourth time in five seasons that the two sides have come face-to-face, and such is the regularity of their meetings, it seemed almost inevitable that would be drawn together again when the draw was made back in December.