Lost amid the debate about Mesut Ozil, Bayern's magnificence, and Wojciech Szczesny's sending off, was the performance of the man who created all the pre-match buzz.
Arsene Wenger had opted for a big shock by selecting Yaya Sanogo up front in the Champions League tie, a striker who has never scored for the club.
It was only the Frenchman's second ever start for the Gunners, with Wenger stating he felt the youngster to be fresher than Olivier Giroud, while questions certainly remain over the latter's mental state in light of recent revelations.
Sanogo, Wenger admitted after the game, was one of Arsenal's few positives to come from the game. He stated: "I think Yaya Sanogo is one of the satisfactory parts of tonight. He worked with total commitment, and some quality."
It was certainly a difficult night for the Frenchman, starved of service as the game went on, but particularly in the early stages he looked bright, laying the ball off for his teammates and registering a shot on target.
Sanogo won 10 aerial duels, and had three shots in total. Even in the dying stages he was competing for balls and out-jumping his Bayern adversaries, and made three interceptions.
Arsenal clearly have real faith in his ability, and he may have done enough to convince them to stick with him in the Premier League this weekend against Sunderland.
Here is a selection of comments from Arsenal fans via Twitter regarding Sanogo's performance:
took henry a few games to bag his first. watch sanogo he is the future #AFC— Über AL - mi gusta (@SisNomAki) February 19, 2014
Sanogo was excellent tonight, shame his performance was over shadowed #AFC— Mark Pritchard (@mark1982arsenal) February 19, 2014
Yaya Sanogo looked brilliant.Decent in the air & with the ball on his feet.Works hard Impressed hope Wenger continues to play him #afc— Theo Walcott (@yemane14) February 19, 2014
Look a completely different team attack wise with Sanogo as our CF. Seem to be able to get in behind and penetrate a lot more. #afc— NikAFC (@Nik_AFC) February 19, 2014
Fell sorry for Sanogo, he won't play in many games harder than that one in the rest of his career. Brilliant save denied him a goal too #AFC— Arsenal Dan (@ArsenaIDan) February 19, 2014
Must also applaud the efforts of young Yaya Sanogo for #AFC was handed a shock start and got off the blocks intensely. Very enthusiastic— Andrew Bontiff (@ABontiff4) February 19, 2014
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