The Gunners earn a hard fought 1-1 draw, but lose the tie 3-1…
Arsenal player ratings:
- 21 Lukas Fabianski – 9
Top performance from the Polish understudy. Starting the game because Szczesny was suspended, Fabianski distributed the ball excellently, made a number of good saves (catching the ball at every opportunity instead of parrying it) and he even stopped a penalty at the end.
- 03 Bacary Sagna – 6
Mostly dealt with Robben well, but the one moment his French international teammate got the better of him, Ribery wriggled free in the box and assisted Schweinsteiger’s goal which effectively killed the tie.
- 05 Thomas Vermaelen – 8
Performing in an unnatural left-back role, the Belgian was superb. He was brave, making tackles and headers, and he was a fair match for the brilliant Arjen Robben.
- 04 Per Mertesacker – 7
Aerially excellent. Mertesacker held his position deep, and regularly cleared the ball from Bayern’s regular crosses.
- 06 Laurent Koscielny – 7
Gave a penalty away late on, which was unfortunate, because it blighted a brave performance. Made countless blocks, and kept Mandzukic quiet all night.