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Arsenal hold mighty Bayern Munich in thrilling Champions League clash (2-2)

Arsenal hold mighty Bayern Munich in thrilling Champions League clash (2-2)

An electric Emirates Stadium witnessed a dramatic 2-2 draw in the first leg of Arsenal’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.

The Gunners, buoyed by a six-game winning streak, knew they faced a mammoth task against the German giants, who had previously demolished them 5-1 on three occasions.

A fast start and early goal for Arsenal

The home side exploded from the blocks, roared on by their passionate fans. Their dream start materialized in the 12th minute when Ben White’s inch-perfect pass found Bukayo Saka. The young winger took a touch before curling a magnificent strike into the far corner, leaving Manuel Neuer with no chance.

Bayern strikes back

However, the Bavarians proved why they are European royalty. Unfazed by the early setback, they found an equalizer just six minutes later. Leroy Sané and Leon Goretzka linked up beautifully to release Serge Gnabry, the former Arsenal player, who calmly slotted the ball past David Raya.

The goal seemed to energize Bayern, and they were soon awarded a penalty when William Saliba clattered into the rampaging Sané. Harry Kane stepped up and coolly converted from the spot, extending his impressive scoring record against Arsenal to 15 goals in 20 appearances.

Arsenal respond with second-Half substitutions

Determined to avoid defeat, Arsenal ramped up the pressure in the second half. Clear-cut opportunities remained scarce, however, as Bayern’s defense stood firm. With the clock ticking down, Mikel Arteta made a crucial tactical switch, introducing the attacking duo of Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard.

The gamble paid off spectacularly in the 76th minute. Jesus’ dazzling footwork created space in the box, and his clever pass found Trossard, who swept a first-time shot into the bottom corner, restoring parity for the Gunners.

A tense finish and second leg awaits

The final stages were a tense affair, with both sides searching for a winner. The best chance fell to Bayern substitute Kingsley Coman, whose audacious flick kissed the base of the post, sending shivers down the spines of the Arsenal faithful.

Ultimately, the spoils were shared, leaving the tie wide open ahead of the next leg in Munich.

Man of the Match: Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)

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