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All to play for at the Allianz Arena after Arsenal and Bayern play out pulsating 2-2 draw at the Emirates

Arsenal 2 (Saka 12, Trossard 76)

Bayern Munich 2 (Gnabry 18, Kane 32 (pen))

And breathe... Arsenal and Bayern Munich played out a pulsating Champions League quarter-final 2-2 draw at the Emirates this evening - setting things up perfectly for a winner-takes-all game at the Allianz next week.

Bukayo Saka sent the home crowd wild when he curled Arsenal in front after just 12 minutes, but goals from former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry and former Spurs man Harry Kane - from the penalty spot - appeared to have won it for the Germans. That was until substitute Leandro Trossard leveled things up late on.

Bayern dominated the early possession but it was the Gunners who created the first chance - Saka winning the ball high up the pitch, playing it back for Ben White, who laid it off for Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli's shot was true and beat Maunel Neuer, but went wide of the goalkeeper's left-hand post.

But the Emirates erupted on 12 minutes when Saka gave the Gunners the lead, collecting the ball on the right and curling a shot with his left, round former Spurs man Eric Dier and past Neuer for the opener.

The Gunners were flying, and just four minutes later they should have been 2-0 up, White finding himself in all sorts of space in the penalty area but fired his shot straight at Neuer.

And Arsenal were made to pay when Gnabry equalised on 18 minutes. Gabriel gave the ball away under little pressure, Leon Goretzka found Gnabry and he slid the ball past David Raya for 1-1.

Bayern were in front on 32 minutes. Leroy Sane was tripped by William Saliba, giving referee Glynn Nyberg an easy decision in pointing to the spot. Kane tucked away the penalty.

The Gunners were struggling now and it could have been 3-1 just a few minutes later, Ben White's header ceded possession in the centre of the pitch and a lightning fast Bayern break set Jamal Musiala free. 

Odegaard let his man go - the alternative was to take him down and be sent off - but as Musiala bore down on goal, White managed to somehow get back and make an incredible tackle to deny him.

Kane was booked ealy in the second half, Gabriel going down under an elbow from the striker, who couldn't have had any complaints had he been sent off.

The second half followed a pattern throughout, Arsenal with most of the possession without creating too much, but Bayern still looking dangerous on the counter.

Until that was substitutes Gabriel Jesus and Trossard combined to make it 2-2. Jesus slalomed through the Bayern defence and laid the ball off to Trossard who swept home.

Bayern were still dangerous on the break. Substitute Kingsley Coman would have been disappointed to see a shot scuffed and easily saved by Raya in one such move.

Arsenal had a huge shout for a penalty at the end, Saka taking the ball round Neuer, the goalkeeper catching him, but the referee seeing it as one where Saka put his leg into Neuer rather than the other way round.

Things are nicely on the boil before next week.


Arsenal: Raya, Saliba, White, Gabriel, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli (Trossard 66), Kiwior (Zinchenko h/t), Jorginho (Jesus 66), Havertz (Partey 85), Rice

Bayern: Neuer, de Ligt, Kimmich, Gnabry, Goretzka, Kane, Sane (Coman 66), Dier, Davies, Laimer, Musiala

Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)


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