Bayern Munich 1-0 Arsenal (3-2 agg): Player ratings as Gunners dumped out of Champions League

  • Bayern Munich secure their place in the Champions League semi-final after defeating Arsenal at the Allianz Arena
  • Just one goal was needed from Joshua Kimmich to give Bayern victory
  • Harry Kane's hopes of silverware remain alive
Bayern will advance in the tournament
Bayern will advance in the tournament / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were able to secure their place in the Champions League semi-final after defeating Mikel Arteta'a Arsenal 1-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Only one goal was needed for Thomas Tuchel's side as Joshua Kimmich secured Bayern's progression in the tournament shortly after the hour mark.

Arsenal miss out on their chance to progress in the tournament and will now be forced to set their sights on Premier League silverware.

How the game unfolded

Fireworks opened up proceedings at the Allianz Arena, and the atmosphere inside the stadium itself reflected the intensity that both sides brought to this deciding fixture.

A chance for Arsenal came in the 20th minute as Gabriel Martinelli drifted and weaved through the Bayern defence, taking advantage of their space on the right-hand side. He was denied the opportunity to score and Bayern were quick to react on the counter attack, leading the Gunners back up the pitch.

The Bundesliga side were then close to taking the lead, with Raphael Guerreiro and Noussair Mazraoui combining down the left to force David Raya, who can greatly thank defender Ben White for his assistance, to make a save.

Arsenal fans almost had the chance to celebrate just ten minutes later when Martin Odegaard fired a shot, which took a slight deflection from the edge of the box. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was forced to scramble across to his right to stop the Gunners from scoring.

The opportunity for a free-kick opened up for Arsenal and Declan Rice stepped up to take it. He curled it in from the left, but Kai Havertz was unable to get enough power to header it home, making for a comfortable Neuer save.

Bayern were quick to attack in the second half, with a header from Goretzka bouncing off the woodwork. A rebound effort from Guerreiro hit the post, with Arsenal fans breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Bayern supporters finally had something to celebrate in the 64th minute. The pressure started to build and a cross from Guerreiro lined up a perfect header for Kimmich to fire into the back of the net.

Bayern were finally ahead, prompting Mikel Arteta to make two substitutions, bringing Gabriel Jesus on for Jorginho and Leandro Trossard on for Martinelli. His changes meant Havertz moved into a centre-midfield role, while Jesus headed up top.

Arsenal were unable to claw back a goal after Bayern delivered theirs, gifting a place in the Champions League semi-final to the Bundesliga side. A lack of urgency turned to a dissapointing finish for the Gunners as they end their European dreams in Germany.

Bayern Munich player ratings (4-2-3-1)

Leroy Sane
Sane was a constant threat / Christina Pahnke - sampics/GettyImages

GK: Manuel Neuer - 7/10 - Was a commanding presence at the back and able to make simple saves early on. Didn't face too much threat from Arsenal's attack, but dealt with shots well.

RB: Joshua Kimmich - 8/10 - Seemed to be on the back foot against Martinelli in the first half, but made up for it by netting the only goal of the game in the second.

CB: Eric Dier - 6/10 - Was regularly caught wide of his full-back, but otherwise a comfortable performance.

CB: Matthijs de Ligt - 6/10 - Proved to be a commanding presence on the pitch, dictated play to some regard.

LB: Noussair Mazraoui - 7/10 - Worked to keep Bukayo Saka quiet. Was especially adaptable on the left, despite being a natural right-hand player. Also combined well with Guerreiro to create threat.

DM: Konrad Laimer - 6/10 - A mobile influence in midfield, but did receive a yellow card against Odegaard.

DM: Leon Goretzka - 8/10 - Worked hard to break up play regularly and nullify Arsenal's midfield. Very strong throughout.

RM: Leroy Sane - 7/10 - Caused Tomiyasu problems, naturally, and grew further into the game as time went on.

AM: Jamal Musiala - 7/10 - Improved massively in the second half, causing several issues for Arsenal's midfield and back line. Was a constant threat.

LM: Raphael Guerreiro - 7/10 - Strong partnership with Mazraoui caused Arsenal problems. Gave the assist for Kimmich's goal.

ST: Harry Kane - 7/10 - Won some early fouls due to Gabriel and Saliba playing aggressive. He worked into space that disrupted Arsenal.


SUB: Kim Min-jae (76' for Mazraoui) - 5/10

SUB: Dayot Upamecano (89' for Sane) - N/A

Subs not used: Sven Ulreich (GK), Daniel Peretz (GK), Aleksandar Pavlovic, Bryan Zaragoza, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mathys Tel, Thomas Muller


Thomas Tuchel - 8/10 - Took a lot from the first leg to progress in the tournament. Stacked players where he needed them.

Arsenal player ratings (4-3-3)

Martin Odegaard
Odegaard asserted his dominance on the pitch / Alex Grimm/GettyImages

GK: David Raya - 7/10 - Looked assured and composed between the sticks, especially towards the start of the game. Was unfortunate to not keep a clean sheet.

RB: Ben White - 7/10 - Worked to get forward when possible, and was incredibly useful in front of the net for Raya.

CB: Gabriel - 5/10 - Made the same mistakes as in the first leg, caught out of position and was often overly aggressive on Harry Kane.

CB: William Saliba - 6/10 - Looked like the more experienced head at the back. Worked to break the line well with passes.

LB: Takehiro Tomiyasu - 6/10 - Instantly began to drift into an inverted full-back role towards the start to act as a third deep midfielder. Struggled a bit against Sane.

CM: Martin Odegaard - 8/10 - Was offered an early shot, and proved to be the main attacking threat for Arsenal.

CM: Jorginho - 7/10 - Very composed in possession and showed the importance of a Champions League-experienced player on the pitch.

CM: Declan Rice - 6/10 - Was very mobile, but struggled to contain Goretzka.

RM: Bukayo Saka - 5/10 - Looked very isolated on the right side, struggled to get into the game but was handed no service. Bayern prepared well for him.

ST: Kai Havertz - 6/10 - Was a sole character through the middle in attack and held the ball up well.

LM: Gabriel Martinelli - 7/10 - Had an early chance and was electric to say the least. Looked unpredictable on the pitch.


SUB: Gabriel Jesus (68' for Jorginho) - 5/10

SUB: Leandro Trossard (68' for Martinelli) - 5/10

SUB: Eddie Nketiah (86' for Tomiyasu) - N/A

Subs not used: Aaron Ramsdale (GK), Karl Hein (GK), Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira, Jakub Kiwior, Mohamed Elneny, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Reiss Nelson, Thomas Partey


Mikel Arteta - 5/10 - Substitutions made sense at the time but didn't prove massively useful.

Player of the match - Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich)