Arsenal breathed new life into their Champions League campaign with a thrilling, hard-fought victory against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Having lost their opening two fixtures, the Gunners were up against it and knew that three points were needed if they were to stand a chance of progression.
But in a game of real ebb and flow, it was the visitors who started on the front foot as Robert Lewandowski raced through on goal only for Hector Bellerin to get a foot in at just the right moment.
The hosts came straight back, with Mesut Ozil going close before Petr Cech denied Thiago Alcantara and later Arturo Vidal as Pep Guardiola’s side piled on the pressure.
But the Gunners remained a danger on the counter, and Theo Walcott looked certain to open the scoring from close range only to be denied by a sprawling Manuel Neuer save.
Bayern made a bright start to the second period, with the lively Douglas Costa and Lewandowski both going close in quick succession.
Arsenal’s resolve did not waver though, and they were rewarded for their persistence in the 77th minute when Olivier Giroud bundled the ball in from Santi Cazorla’s free kick.
It was a scrappy goal – but no one inside a buoyant Emirates Stadium cared one bit as a tense finale ensued.
But right at the end, the Gunners made sure of a huge victory when Bellerin did brilliantly to set up Ozil to fire the ball over the line from close range.
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