Mesut Ozil missed an early penalty and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny got sent off before defending European champions Bayern Munich took control for a 2-0 win over Arsenal in their first leg at the Emirates.
Arsenal looked on their way to an early lead when Jerome Boateng fouled Mesut Ozil in the penalty box in the seventh minute of the first half. But the midfielder sent a weak-looking attempt down the middle which was swatted away by Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Things got even worse for Arsenal in the 37th minute when Szczesny sent Dutch winger Arjen Robben crashing in the penalty area. The Arsenal goalkeeper was shown a red card reducing his side to 10 men. Bayern Munich failed to capitalize however, as David Alaba’s penalty kick hit the post after sending substitute goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way.
But for Arsenal the damage had already been done as the European champions took full advantage of the extra man – particularly in the second half – by dominating possession and spending most on their time on their opponent’s half of the field. It was only a matter of time for the opening goal for Bayern, and it came in the 54th minute with midfielder Toni Kroos connecting on a Philipp Lahm pass to put the visitors ahead.
Arsenal showed plenty of fight but just could not overcome the man disadvantage as Bayern continued to control the action, with Robben looking particularly dangerous. The away club would eventually seal the first leg with a second goal as substitute Thomas Mueller would head dome a Lahm cross.
Arsenal should have comfort in knowing that they did beat Bayern 2-0 at the same stage of the tournament last year in Munich. They will have to repeat that performance next month if they are to have any chance of getting back in this tie.