Olivier Giroud was Arsenal’s hero as he come off the bench to score as the Gunners dug deep to beat Bayern Munich at the Emirates.
Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 0
Giroud grabs controversial winner
Ozil adds late second
Bayern dominant in possession
Arsenal pick up first points
The goal was not without controversy, though, as the Frenchman appeared to turn Santi Cazorla’s free kick into the net with his arm, but it was rendered irrelevant thanks to Mesut Ozil adding a second in injury time.
The win saw Arsenal pick up their first points of this Champions League campaign after previously losing to Olympiacos and Dynamo Kiev.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said he was expecting Arsenal to come out of the traps quickly, but it was a cagey opening by both sides as the game quickly settled into a rhythm of heavy Munich possession occasionally interrupted by the hosts’ counter-attacks.
However, it was probably Arsenal who had the better of the chances in the first half, with Theo Walcott often at the apex.
The England striker saw a close-range header kept out by a breath-taking Manuel Neuer save, and the German also stopped a weak shot from the same player shortly afterwards.
Munich, who have dominated the Bundesliga so far this season with a perfect record after nine games, were far from spectators, though, with Thiago Alcantara forcing a smart save from Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal after some slick passing.
After the break the pattern looked set to continue, but the Premier League side slowly ground out an advantage.
Minutes after coming on as a substitute, Giroud took advantage of a Neuer’s misjudgement of Cazorla’s cleverly flighted free kick to bundle the ball home and give the hosts something to hold.
Bayern, as you’d expect responded, but were unable to beat Cech, but they will probably feel they did not test him often enough too.
Arsenal never looked like surrendering their hard-earned lead, though, and all that remained was for them to cap it with a second.
Hector Bellerin, who had endured a torturous evening against the brilliant Douglas Costa raided down the right and crossed for an unmarked Mesut Ozil to force the ball over the line before Neuer could claw it out to seal a famous and well-deserved win to get the Gunners’ Champions League campaign back on track.