Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has implied that, to borrow a phrase from British football parlance, Arsenal parked the bus in front of their own goal which thus made them difficult to break down after they had a player sent off in the first half of their Round of 16 Champions League match-up at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, February 19.
After Arjen Robben was seemingly through on goal, Wojciech Szczesny came off his line but clipped the flying Dutchman. As a consequence, the Polish shot-stopper was issued a red card prior to David Alaba failing to capitalise from the penalty spot. However, the early bath for Szczesny altered the flow of the game, Arsenal lost any momentum they had built up and Bayern began to dominate - leaving North London with a 2-0 scoreline thanks to goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.
On the difficulties Bayern faced, Guardiola told Sky Sports after the game: 'The last two times I came here with Barcelona, we played amazing and we didn't win so I know how difficult it is to win here.'
'When you see the second half and you see nine players in the box, it is not easy. It's important that we controlled so well in this situation and we played with patience and found the goal.'
The fixture is only at it's half-way point as Arsenal now have to travel to Germany for the return leg in the hope of restoring parity. Due to past experiences (just last season the Gunners defeated Bayern 2-0 at the Allianz Arsenal), Guardiola speaks of a tactical dilemma…
'It depends on our heads now, do we go and defend our result or play to win and get into the quarter-finals?'
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