Arsenal and Bayern Munich went back down the tunnel deadlocked in a scoreless draw at Emirates Stadium, Wednesday, but the 0-0 scoreline didn’t even begin to tell the story.
The Gunners had a chance to open the scoring from the spot when Jerome Boateng tripped Mesut Ozil inside Bayern’s 18-yard box, although Ozil’s effort from 12 yards was saved easily by Manuel Neuer.
Then, at the opposite end of the park, Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny was ejected after chopping Arjen Robben to ground. But David Alaba’s penalty hit the post and the two sides concluded the opening period on level terms.
We’ll have player ratings and analysis for both sets of players throughout the encounter.
Half-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Rightfully ejected for taking Robben to ground.
Sagna: Has fared far better than his colleagues on the left flank.
Mertesacker: Made a key block on Mandzukic.
Koscielny: Several vital clearances in a mature half.
Gibbs: Withdrawn shortly after the half-hour mark with an apparent hamstring injury.
Wilshere: Started very brightly and has combined well with Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Flamini: Made an important clearance from a Kroos corner-kick.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Nearly beat Neuer to a loose ball that would surely have brought about an Arsenal opener.
Ozil: A weak penalty from the Germany international.
Cazorla: Sacrificed for Fabianksi after Szczesny’s red card.
Sanogo: Made an impressive track-back to strip Dante of possession.
Monreal: A disaster waiting to happen.
Fabianksi: Didn’t even have to save Alaba’s penalty.
Full-Time analysis for Arsenal
Szczesny: Issued a straight red for his tackle on Robben in the 37th minute.
Sagna: Did well to mostly keep Gotze to the perimeter.
Mertesacker: Hard to find much fault with the Germany international’s performance.
Koscielny: Mostly imperious, but shut off just for a moment when Muller doubled the scoreline.
Gibbs: Replaced by Monreal in the first half following an injury.
Wilshere: His distribution was quite poor, and he was unable to build on a good start to the match.
Flamini: Marshalled Arsenal’s defensive efforts admirably.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Looked like a real threat of goal until his side was reduced to 10 men.
Ozil: A bad penalty, poor distribution and only 43 touches over the 90 minutes.
Cazorla: Was withdrawn when Szczesny was sent off.
Sanogo: Played the full match and took three shots, but like many of his attacking teammates his effectiveness was minimized when Arsenal went down to 10 men.
Monreal: Robben and Lahm, and later Rafinha, got behind him far too easily.
Fabianksi: Didn’t have much of a chance on the Muller goal.
Rosicky: Only five touches of the ball after being introduced with 16 minutes remaining.
Half-Time analysis for Bayern Munich
Neuer: Did well to save the penalty and smartly beat Oxlade-Chamberlain to a loose ball after racing off his line.
Lahm: The world’s best right-back so far living up to his name.
Boateng: Went into the book for his foul on Ozil that caused the Arsenal penalty.
Dante: Sub-par from him so far.
Alaba: Typically money from the penalty spot, but not today.
Martinez: Doesn’t look to be match fit.
Robben: Being booed by the Arsenal fans, but unfairly.
Kroos: Has so far completed 97% of his passes.
Alcantara: Has made two tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Gotze: He’ll want to touch the ball more in the second half.
Mandzukic: Just one shot in the opening frame.
Full-Time analysis for Bayern Munich
Neuer: Made four saves on the night and was generally solid.
Lahm: Moved into midfield after Rafinha was introduced at the break.
Boateng: Went into the second half with a booking and was substituted at the restart.
Dante: The man-advantage helped his distribution numbers, but all told he had a much better second half.
Alaba: Offers so much for a left-back.
Martinez: Dropped into the centre of defense to start the second half.
Robben: Took seven shots and earned a penalty in a useful performance.
Kroos: Struck the post late on; generally the best player on the pitch.
Alcantara: Had 116 touches and made three tackles in a good, all-around display.
Gotze: Good movement, but a few too many misplaced crosses.
Mandzukic: Replaced by Muller shortly after the hour-mark.
Rafinha: Offers unparalleled cover at right-back.
Pizarro: Was brought on late as Bayern pressed for more goals.
Muller: Ghosted in to score with a good header in the 88th minute.