Arse­nal stun Bayern on penal­ties in Shang­hai

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Arse­nal were out­played for long pe­ri­ods by Bayern Mu­nich be­fore sal­vaging a last-gasp draw and then win­ning 3-2 on penal­ties in a Shang­hai friendly yes­ter­day. Re­serve goal­keeper Emil­iano Martinez was the un­likely hero for the Premier League side, sav­ing Juan Ber­nat’s soft spot kick af­ter Arse­nal sub­sti­tute Alex Iwobi made it 1-1 right at the end of nor­mal time.

It may only have been a friendly and Arse­nal emerged vic­to­ri­ous, but it made for painful view­ing at times for man­ager Arsene Wenger, whose side suf­fered a 10-2 ag­gre­gate drub­bing to Bayern in last sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League. Robert Le­wandowski needed just nine min­utes to fire Bayern ahead from the penalty spot as the Ger­man cham­pi­ons dom­i­nated be­fore Iwobi headed in at the death.

There will be no Cham­pi­ons League for Arse­nal this term and a gulf in class was ev­i­dent. At one point in the open­ing pe­riod at Shang­hai Sta­dium, where tem­per­a­tures hov­ered around 36 de­grees Cel­sius (97F), Wenger had his arms out­stretched in frus­tra­tion. And at the end of a first half in which Bayern could have scored an­other five times but for goal­keeper Petr Cech, Arse­nal play­maker Me­sut Ozil booted the ball high into the air in anger. The fu­ture of the Ger­man in­ter­na­tional, and that of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, is in ma­jor doubt with both stalling over new con­tracts.

Sanchez is en­joy­ing ex­tra time off and is not in China af­ter his in­volve­ment in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup. But he may not have made a dif­fer­ence against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who took the lead af­ter Ains­ley Mait­land-Niles had brought down Ber­nat in the box and Le­wandowski did the rest.

Iwobi’s in­jury-time lev­eller sent the game straight to penal­ties. Both sides fielded a mix­ture of first-team reg­u­lars and re­serves, with new Bayern sign­ing James Ro­driguez and new Arse­nal striker Alexan­dre La­cazette start­ing. Arse­nal face Chelsea in Bei­jing in their next warm-up game at the week­end, while Bayern play AC Milan in Shen­zhen, south­ern China. —AFP

— AFP

SHANG­HAI: Bayern Mu­nich’s mid­fielder James Ro­driguez (R) and Arse­nal mid­fielder Granit Xhaka vie for the ball dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup foot­ball match be­tween Bayern Mu­nich and Arse­nal in Shang­hai yes­ter­day.

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