Close, but no cigar.
Arsenal took the early lead at Allianz Arena before levelling their Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich on aggregate in the final moments of Wednesday’s match, but in the end their 3-1 defeat in the first leg proved their undoing as they went out of the Champions League on away goals.
That said, the Gunners can hold their heads high and return to London with pride, and even manager Arsene Wenger—who before kickoff was criticized for starting a weakened side—can feel somewhat vindicated.
Not so Jupp Heynckes and Bayern.
The hosts lacked anything resembling intensity at Allianz Arena and were forced to hold on to a 2-0 loss in order to get into the pot for Friday’s draw. If they have any intention of advancing from the next round, they’ll have to find another gear, and fast.
Here, then, are some things we learned about both sides during Wednesday’s encounter. And it goes without saying they include a handful of items we would never have expected to arise prior to the match.