Current Champions League champions Bayern Munich is in pole position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals following their 2-0 win over English Premier League side Arsenal on Wednesday away at the Emirates Stadium.
Bayern will be expected to finish the job in the second leg on March 11, but Arsenal can take heart from their 2-0 win in Munich at the same stage last season, even if that result was not enough to stop Arsene Wenger’s team bowing out on away goals. To check out the action in pics, click here…
Pep Guardiola’s side rode their luck in a dramatic last 16 first leg clash although they were able to maintain their class after a sublime strike from Toni Kroos followed by Thomas Mueller bagging the killer second goal in the closing stages. There are several facts that have risen from the meeting between both the sides:
- Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker blocked six shots vs Bayern, a joint-Champions League high for a player in a game since September 2006.
- Toni Kroos completed the same number of passes as the 12 Arsenal outfield players combined (147). Phillip Lahm and Kroos exchanged the most passes in the Bayern team with 30. Kroos also received 154 passes from his teammates.
- Arsenal managed just 12% possession in the second half, completing just 38 passes after half-time.
- Lahm has now assisted Bayern Munich’s last three goals scored against Arsenal in the Champions League.
- Kroos’ goal was the 100th that Bayern have scored in all competitions this season.
- The 100 red cards for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger have been given to 50 different players and against 42 different opponents.
- To top it, Arsenal were the last team to keep a clean sheet vs Bayern in a competitive game (2-0 at the Allianz Arena on 13 March 2013).
- Bayern attempted a season-high 984 passes (255 short, 638 mediud and 91 long) compared to Arsenal’s 300 (78 short, 158 medium and 64 long). Bayern completed 87% of those passes while Arsenal just 62%.
- Arjen Robben has won three penalties in the Champions League this season, more than any other player.
- Only Bayern Munich (4) have missed more penalties than Arsenal (3) in the Champions League since August 2010. Mesut Ozil is the only player to have missed two penalties in the Champions League so far this season.
- The most number of exchanges between any two Arsenal players were just six — between Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker, and between Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini. Mesut Ozil received the most number of overall passes – 27.
- Bayern racked up 220 solo runs compared to Arsenal’s 31. Out of those 220, 117 were in key areas. Arsenal made just eight runs into the key area.