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Gallant Gunners bow out despite 2-0 win at Bayern Munich

Published on Mar 14, 2013 6:11 AM
Arsenal´s German defender Per Mertesacker applauds after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between FC Arsenal London and FC Bayern Munich in the stadium in in Munich, southern Germany, on March 13, 2013. Bayern lost 0:2 but qualified for the quarter-finals. -- PHOTO: AFP

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) - Arsenal became the last English club to bow out of the Champions League on Wednesday despite a 2-0 second-leg win at Bayern Munich as the Gunners lost their last-16 tie on away goals.

Having beaten Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg in London three weeks ago, Bayern had been odds on favourites to finish the Gunners off in the Bavarian capital to go into Friday's quarter-final draw.

Arsenal took the fight to their German hosts with striker Olivier Giroud giving the Gunners an early lead before centre-back Laurent Koscielny netted with 86 minutes on the clock to set up a frantic finish, but the 3-3 aggregate score saw Bayern sneak through.

Much had been made in the build-up of Arsenal's "Mission Impossible in Munich" with the Gunners needing three goals at Bayern's fortress-like Allianz Arena, but Arsenal quickly dismissed any notion this tie was already decided.

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