Mertesacker says Arsenal can still progress after loss
Per Mertesacker insisted that Arsenal could still reach the quarter-finals despite being beaten 2-0 at home by Bayern Munich.
Arsenal face an uphill task in the Allianz Arena to progress against the European champions, but they won 2-0 there last year and Mertesacker still clings to some hope.
“We lost here 3-1 last year against Bayern Munich and went there and beat them,” the Arsenal defender said. “We are looking forward to Munich. Why can’t we get back in it?”
Bayern went ahead in the 54th minute through a brilliant curled effort by Toni Kroos before Thomas Müller headed home with two minutes remaining.
Mesut Özil had earlier missed a penalty for the hosts, his weak kick saved by Manuel Neuer after the Arsenal midfielder was fouled by Jérôme Boateng.
Bayern missed their own spot-kick, David Alaba hitting the post, after Wojciech Szczesny was shown a red card for fouling Arjen Robben. The teams meet for second leg in Germany on 11 March. MORE
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