Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Simulating UCL Round of 16 First Leg on FIFA 14

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal clears the ball in front of Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen and his team-mate Thomas Vermaelen during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Arsenal and Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium on February 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Football fans across the globe may have to wait until next year to see Arsenal take on Bayern Munich across two fiercely competitive Champions League ties, but we don't want to wait.

You don't want to wait, either.

Using the magic of FIFA 14 on the Xbox One, we took it upon ourselves to serve up an appetiser with a simulation that surely challenges the likes of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison when it comes to scientific research.

Can the Gunners topple the side that went on to win last year's competition after knocking the North London club out? Read on to find out how EA Sports' game sees the first leg progressing.


Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: FIFA 14 Highlights

11 minsTerrific spell of possession for Bayern and lots of movement going forward. Arsenal simply can't get the ball as Pep Guardiola's side advance into the Gunners' box with multiple short passes. Possession falls to Franck Ribery, who turns the nearest defender and puts the visitors 1-0 up.

19 minsBayern once again proving extremely efficient on the ball. Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben combine on the right of the box until the Dutch international flashes a shot beyond the goal.

26 minsBetter attacking play from the home side. Santi Cazorla provides a cross from the left and Jerome Boateng's weak clearance lands at the feet of Mesut Ozil. The German heads straight back into the box and provides Olivier Giroud with a simple finish, but Manuel Neuer makes a strong save.

Good footwork from Jack Wilshere sees the ball back into the box, but Giroud's header is once again thwarted by the German keeper.

48 minsBacary Sagna is set free down the right. His cross is headed away from danger, but Bayern fail to clear their lines and Giroud sneaks onto possession.

The Frenchman slips a pass toward Ozil, who levels the game with a simple finish after bursting into the box.

83 minsBayern on the attack until a fantastic tackle sits Mario Mandzukic down in the area. Arsenal break quickly through Theo Walcott and Giroud, but the latter's shot is blocked.

The ball eventually falls to Cazorla, whose soft shot is pushed away by Neuer.

88 minsA late corner for Arsenal is wasted by Giroud, who heads wide.

Bayern get moving quickly up the pitch and nearly snatch a victory when Ribery is played into the box. He drops a fantastic cross toward Mandzukic, who has a testing header saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

FINAL SCORE: Arsenal 1-1 Bayern Munich (Ribery, Ozil).

So, there we have it. A tight first leg with chances going both ways. Bayern take the advantage heading into the virtual second leg, which you will see simulated on here very soon. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments—and remember, folks, it's just a bit of fun!