Arsenal secured a pivotal 2-0 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night with Olivier Giroud coming off the bench to have a huge impact on the game with the opening goal, albeit in contentious circumstances.
Manuel Neuer had produced a stunning save in the first half to deny Theo Walcott from point-blank range, but the German international was left red-faced as he failed to collect Santi Cazorla’s free-kick which in turn saw the ball ricochet off Giroud.
However, replays suggested that the ball may well have made contact with the Frenchman’s arm en route to nestling into the back of the net, but nevertheless, the goal was awarded as Mesut Ozil added a second in injury time.
Having lost both of their opening two games in the tournament, the Gunners finally ended their wait for their first points with a win over the previously unbeaten Bundesliga champions.
Bayern have won nine in nine domestically as well as both of their games in the Champions League so far this season, and the odds were certainly stacked against Arsene Wenger’s men to end that run.
The hosts were able to do so with a spirited display as Petr Cech made countless crucial saves to keep them in the game, and Wenger will now hope that the result gives them the momentum to go on and push to qualify for the knockout stages.