Bayern Munich vs Arsenal: Have Gunners ever won away at German giants?

  • Arsenal drew 2-2 with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their 2023/24 Champions League quarter-final
  • The Gunners have faced the German side on the road six times in the past
  • Their record in Bavaria leaves a lot to be desired
Arteta captained Arsenal the last time they won at Bayern
Arteta captained Arsenal the last time they won at Bayern / CHRISTOF STACHE/GettyImages

Regardless of how poor Bayern Munich have been by their own lofty standards this season, Arsenal knew that facing them in the Champions League quarter-final would be extremely complicated.

The Bundesliga giants have immense pedigree in Europe's premier competition and coach Thomas Tuchel has won this trophy before. In Harry Kane, they also have one of the world's best centre-forwards, and one that enjoys a magnificent scoring record against Arsenal.

Therefore, despite their domestic woes, it was no surprise that Bayern managed to secure a 2-2 draw with Arsenal during the first leg of the quarter-final at the Emirates. Former Gunner Serge Gnabry and ex-Tottenham forward Kane punished some reckless moments from Mikel Arteta's defence, with the second leg at the Allianz Arena finely poised.

Not many teams manage to win at the home of the six-time European champions, but that's what Arsenal need to do to ensure qualification to the semi-final and avoid the nerve-wracking possibility of extra-time and penalties.

But have Arsenal ever won at Bayern before? And what is their record like in Munich?

Have Arsenal ever won at Bayern Munich?

Olivier Giroud
Arsenal have won just once at Bayern / Boris Streubel/GettyImages

Arsenal have made a handful of trips to Bayern over the years but have only ever claimed one victory. That triumph came in the second leg of the 2012/13 Champions League last 16, with a 2-0 win courtesy of an early strike from Olivier Giroud and a late effort from Laurent Koscielny.

While perhaps a significant result for Arsenal psychologically, it had no impact on their Champions League campaign having fallen to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg at the Emirates. Despite the score being 3-3 on aggregate after 180 minutes, Bayern went through on away goals.

Given Bayern went on to win the Champions League that campaign after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final at Wembley - with this season's final also being held at England's national team stadium - it wasn't a bad result from the Gunners on the road.

If they managed to repeat that feat in this year's quarter-final second leg, they would book their spot in the final four.

What is Arsenal's record away from home against Bayern Munich?

Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, David Alaba
Arsenal have a pretty dreadful record in Munich / Boris Streubel/GettyImages

Arsenal have played Bayern six times in their own backyard, with that 2-0 victory their only success in Munich. They have lost four and drawn one of their other meetings, including some absolute humiliations against the German giants.

Before Bayern's move to the Allianz, Arsenal lost in the group stage and last 16 on their turf, including a 3-1 defeat in 2005 courtesy of a Claudio Pizarro brace. There was then the sole victory in 2013, after which Arsenal secured a 1-1 draw during the following season - although that draw still saw them exit the Champions League at the last 16.

But their last two visits to Munich have been utterly disastrous, suffering embarrassing 5-1 defeats on both occasions. The first came in the 2015/16 group stage thanks to a double from Thomas Muller and goals from Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Arjen Robben.

The second in the 2016/17 last 16 was even more humiliating given Arsenal also went on to lose the second leg 5-1, finishing up with a laughable 10-2 aggregate defeat. Muller, Lewandowski and Robben got on the scoresheet again that evening, while Liverpool midfielder Thiago also netted twice.

Arsenal's away clashes with Bayern Munich


UCL stage




Group stage

Bayern 1-0 Arsenal

Giovane Elber


Last 16

Bayern 3-1 Arsenal

Claudio Pizarro (2), Hasan Salihamidzic; Kolo Toure


Last 16

Bayern 0-2 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny


Last 16

Bayern 1-1 Arsenal

Bastian Schweinsteiger; Lukas Podolski


Group stage

Bayern 5-1 Arsenal

Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller (2), David Alaba, Arjen Robben; Olivier Giroud


Last 16

Bayern 5-1 Arsenal

Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski, Thiago (2), Thomas Muller; Alexis Sanchez