Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the standout performer on an otherwise frustrating night at the office for Arsenal.
The Ox showed no fear and took the game to Arsenal right up to the point where he was taken off by boss Arsene Wenger.
One run in particular during the first-half saw him take five Bayern Munich players out of the game with a single run, before he was ultimately tripped, winning the Gunners a free kick in a crucial position.
He’s stepped up to the plate in the absence of Theo Walcott wonderfully and is looking more and more like a sure fire bet to go to the World Cup with Roy Hodgson’s England side this summer.
The trick for him over the rest of the season is how he’s going to reinvent himself when sides find ways of keeping him quiet in big games.
He, and Arsenal, still have a very big few months leading into May where things are going to get very intense and increase in importance in both the Premier League and the FA Cup.
The defeat over two legs against Bayern is a blow to Arsenal but it certainly doesn’t mean their season is dead in the water.
Mesut Ozil’s injury means there is going to be even more pressure over the rest of the midfielders in Arsenal’s side for the rest of the campaign and the Ox is showing signs that he’s already playing to a very mature level.
Focus for Arsenal now quickly turns to the Premier League this weekend and a difficult trip away to Tottenham Hotspur where the side will have to react positively in a very intimidating atmosphere at White Hart Lane.
Gunners everywhere last night were pleased with his performance and we’ve taken a look at some of the best Tweets from Twitter as well as the thoughts of a couple of former Tottenham and Manchester United players..
Arsene Wenger said recently the ox will be our best player on the run in. His control was amazing very proud of him— jack stephenson (@jacktruthafc) March 12, 2014
Final ball was poor for us. Rosicky could have played in the Ox (who had a bloody brilliant game) but he chose not to!— ByTheMin Arsenal (@ByTheMinArsenal) March 12, 2014
Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud last night made the OX sweat on the pitch. The lad was all over. That is called DETERMINATION. Kudos OX— Philip Etale (@Etalephil) March 12, 2014
I think Ox should start ahead of Sterling for us at the World Cup. He's been in great form recently and has more experience than Sterling.— Ok₳ri (@WaveyWambz) March 12, 2014
Arsenal and England should be building their teams around The Ox, not Wilshere. Class on and off the pitch.— Tom Stabb (@tomstabb) March 11, 2014
AFC' Judge (@TheJudgemeister) March 12, 2014
The most pleasing thing about last night was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance. Was really excellent. The complete midfielder.— Whitehouse Address (@The_W_Address) March 12, 2014
Oxlade-Chamberlain was easier the best player yesterday— Zero Chill Keith (@Looby_WeMafaro) March 12, 2014
Still basking from What I saw last night. The coming of age of a real star! Alex-oxlade Chamberlain— Edidiong13 (@Edidiong13) March 12, 2014
Ox was very good last night. Fearless and confident on the ball against the toughest of opponents.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 12, 2014