• Olivier Giroud scores controversial opener late on 
  • Aaron Ramsey suffers hamstring injury in second half 
  • Manuel Neuer wonder save keeps Gunners at bay in first half 
  • Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott (Giroud), Sanchez (Gibbs)
  • Arsenal subs: Macey, Debuchy, Arteta, Chambers
  • Bayern Munich starting XI: Neuer, Boateng, Bernat, Lahm, Alaba, Alcantara, Costa, Alonso (Kimmich), Vidal (Rafinha), Lewandowski, Muller
  • Bayern subs: Ulreich, Javi Martinez, Kirchhoff, Gaudino, Coman
  • Arsenal are looking for their first UEFA Champions League points 
  • Bayern Munich have won every league game they have played this term
  • German side set to play in-form Robert Lewandowski at Emirates Stadium
  • Click here to follow Chelsea and the rest of the Champions League action 

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That Arsenal win means they are well back in contention in this group now. They may still be bottom but you would be foolish to write off the Gunners from this point on after making an all-conquering Bayern Munich team look very ordinary.

I will leave you with the group stage table with more reaction to come on the homepage. Cheerio.

90+4min: Bellerin breaks from the right and after crossing low for Mesut Ozil, the midfielder converts despite the best efforts of Neuer to claw the ball from behind the line. 

88min: Or at least it was perfect. Olympiacos have scored in Dinamo Zagreb, which for the time being means the Greek side remain three points head of the Gunners.

Don’t let that ruin your night Arsenal fans. Beating Bayern is the main thing and the job is just about done.

87min: Arsenal have dropped incredibly deep and while Bayern Munich tick past the 600 passes mark, they still look no closer to an equaliser. Arsenal’s perfect night is unfolding in front of them.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger celebrates his side’s opening goal

84min: Giroud nearly grabs a second! The striker is unmarked as he heads towards goal from a corner, but Neuer gathers before the striker fouls the keeper trying to prevent a counter to pick up the game’s first booking.

82min: Final change for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez is replaced by Kieran Gibbs in a defensive switch.

77min: I’m not sure how much Olivier Giroud knows about this, but regardless he has scored a priceless goal!

Manuel Neuer comes and misses his punch from a Gunners free-kick and bundling the ball over the line is the substitute. But did he use his hand deliberately to help move the Gunners ahead?

Olivier Giroud scores the first goal for Arsenal as Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer (right) looks on

Olivier Giroud celebrates coming off the bench to score the opening goal

74min: Second switch for the Gunners as Olivier Giroud comes on for Theo Walcott who hasn’t looked as threatening as he did in the first period.

This game is much more even now but chances are lacking.

71min: It’s a double change for Bayern Munich as 20-year-old Joshua Kimmich and Rafinha replace Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal.

68min: It may still be goalless here, but it’s going well for Arsenal in the other Group F game this evening.

It’s still 0-0 in Zagreb between Dinamo Zagreb and Olympicaos and a stalemate in Croatia is the perfect result for the Gunners this evening if they want to progress from the group. There is more on that match by clicking on this link.

65min: Just like the first half, Arsenal have come back into the game but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still needs to get up to speed as his through ball into the box rolls hopelessly out for a goal kick.

Still no bookings in this game, indicating the willingness of both teams to focus on trying to let their attacking style of play do the talking.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal and Juan Bernat of Bayern Munich battle for the ball

57min: Off goes Ramsey to applause from the home crowd and on in his place is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Aaron Ramsey indicates he needs to be substituted after picking up a hamstring injury

56min: Bad news for Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey’s game is done as trying to press the ball his hamstring gives way. The midfielder takes to the turf with a forlorn look and he will have to be substituted. You don’t run those off.

48min: Bayern Munich had nearly 75 per cent of the ball in the first half, so their target in this half is to try and convert that into chances.

No such opportunities so far as Douglas Costa wins a corner after dangerously cutting inside from the left, but Arsenal manage to survive the set-piece.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola throws the ball to Juan Bernat

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Bayern Munich controlled large parts in the opening 25 minutes but once Arsenal found the visitors’ weakness (they don’t like being hit on the counter attack by pacey forwards) they then produced the better chances.

Plenty of talk will be on the Manuel Neuer save from Walcott’s header (and my word what a save it is) but ARrsene Wenger will be very pleased wit his side’s first half performance.

Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal has a shot saved by Arsenal’s Petr Cech

42min: And now the lesser spotted Bayern Munich attack. Yep, I’m giving this half to Arsenal on points, but the hosts nearly throw it all away.

Francis Coquelin’s squared pass is intercepted, but Douglas Costa fails to take advantage as his shot is deflected over the bar.

39min: Now that is a brilliant and very brave header. Walcott chips a cross into the box for Arsenal and there to meet it is Philipp Lahm… who nods back to his own keeper!

Neuer’s easy take suggests it was a great pass even if it was ever so risky.  I guess that’s just how confident Bayern’s game is right now.

Manuel Neuer was at full stretch to palm away Theo Walcott’s header from close range

Walcott (left) can hardly believe his header was saved by Neuer

34min: That is incredible – even by Neuer’s ridiculous high standards!

A cross into the box finds Walcott unmarked, who headers towards the target. Neuer though leaps to his left to somehow claw the ball away before Aaron Ramsey’s follow up flies across the target before Bayern eventually survive. By far the chance and the save of the match – maybe save of the tournament!

31min: Sanchez! Of all people to snap at a shot! A corner falls for the Arsenal forward inside the box but with the ball bouncing he lifts his shot way over the bar. That’s how I expect defenders to finish.

There are signs that Bayern are falling out their comfort zone. The corner came after Neuer misplaced a pass off the pitch under pressure from an Arsenal forward.

Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer dives to save a shot from Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (unseen)

23min: Better from Arsenal – there is actually some attacking threat in them now. A through ball just about makes its way to Walcott but the delay in the ball dropping out the air gives Bayern defenders time to get back, and it forces the England forward into a snap shot which Neuer comfortably claims.

Bayern Munich fans display a banner protesting about the high price of tickets before they take their seats

20min: Interesting. A set-piece chance for Arsenal as they win a free-kick on the right, but Cazorla’s cross towards the far post is headed clear.

Moments before, Douglas Costa’s effort from an acute angle forced Cech to parry behind for a corner, but it was his double step over beforehand that left Bellerin bamboozled which was the real talking point. What skill!

18min: Crikey, Arsenal can’t get the ball, and when they do they lose it! Cazorla is the latest to concede possession as Bayern continue to pass the hosts off the park.

However, it’s all useless without chances and I just wonder if Arsenal have a sneaky counter attack in them here…

Robert Lewandowski runs past the Arsenal defence in the opening moments of the game

15min: Groans of frustration from the Arsenal fans as Laurent Koscielny concedes a free-kick 30 yards out. Xabi Alonso’s pass into the box is a decent one but it evades everyone before bouncing out for a goal kick.

Bayern Munich have already made over 125 passes…

13min: It’s not often we see Arsenal dropping deep and allowing the opposition to play, especially at the Emirates Stadium.

But Bayern are dictating the pace of this game now, even if they have only created the once chance as David Alaba’s shot deflects wide for a corner.

Arsenal fans applaud the Bayern Munich supporters who arrive inside the ground after staging a protest over ticket prices

7min: What a save! Mesut Ozil collects a pass from Alexis Sanchez after a menacing charge forward from the Chilean, but although his low shot across goal is heading for the bottom corner, Manuel Neuer leaps low to his right to superbly parry the ball away before Theo Walcott’s rebound is blocked wide.

Thiago Alcantara (front) of Bayern Munich and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal battle for the ball

6min: Back in come the Bayern Munich fans, and they are loudly applauded by the Arsenal supporters who I gather are also unhappy about the ticket prices.

Something is only worth the value you are willing to pay for it, folks.

1min: Just 30 seconds gone and already Robert Lewandowski is through on goal. It’s not even a brilliant run – it’s a clmusy one as the ball gets stuck between his feet, but he still gets into the box before last ditch defending allows Petr Cech to collect.

The Bayern Munich end remained largely empty even after kick-off in protest at the ticket prices for the game

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The teams are out, and the Arsenal fans greet the sides with a mosaic which reads ‘Together Arsenal’.

The home side will certainly need their supporters behind them this evening.

Alexis Sanchez (left) of Arsenal and Theo Walcott warm up at the Emirates Stadium

Sanchez and Theo Walcott will hope to gun down Bayern Munich in the Champions League tie

JOE BERNSTEIN: Only four Arsenal players who lost at home to Bayern Munich last year are likely to keep their places for the rematch at the Emirates on Tuesday night. And manager Arsene Wenger believes the class of 2015 with Petr Cech and Alexis Sanchez have a much better chance of beating the German champions.

Here, we compare the Arsenal team that were beaten 2-0 at home by Bayern in February 2014 with the side that is expected to line up this time, and judge whether Wenger is right to think they have improved.

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A Bayern Munich fan stands in the away end wearing a jacket displaying Union flags

Bayern Munich players warm up at the Emirates Stadium

And that’s because Bayern Munich fans will be protesting the first five minutes of this game by walking out the ground.

I’m all for protesting but buying a ticket then complaining about the ticket prices sounds a bit ridiculous. Still, at least they are trying…

There were plenty of empty seats in the Bayern Munich section of the ground before kick-off

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott.
Subs: Macey, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers.

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Alaba, Boateng, Bernat, Vidal, Alonso, Muller, Thiago, Douglas Costa, Lewandowski.
Subs: Ulreich, Javi Martinez, Rafinha, Kirchhoff, Gaudino, Kimmich, Coman.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

He’s Europe’s most deadliest striker right now so how do you stop Robert Lewandowski?

Not many teams have so far. The Pole has scored 22 goals in just 16 games for club and country, so is without doubt Bayern Munich’s biggest threat in front of goal.

He scored a hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb in Bayern’s last group game, and you can see his heat map below as well as his match stats from the Champions League tie by clicking on the link below.

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Robert Lewandowski (right) of Bayern Munich and Thomas Muller warm up at the Emirates Stadium

‘The urgency and focus will be different,’ Wenger told BT Sport. ‘They are not underdogs they are favourites but we can beat them if we play at a high pace with a good team dynamic and play in a compact way. It’s important to grow as a team that we can win these kind of games.

‘You never know how open it will be. My wish is we score first and that we can maintain pace for 90 minutes but it will be a very interesting game.’

‘On the bench for Arsenal tonight is Matt Macey, a 21-year-old goalkeeper signed from Bristol Rovers.

‘Macey conceded five against Northampton on his last senior appearance, on loan for Accrington Stanley in January before a crowd of 1,328.’

Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer warms up before the game at the Emirates Stadium

Robert Lewandowski has piled the pressure on Arsenal ahead of the Champions League clash against his Bayern Munich side and insisted this is the Gunners’ ‘last chance’.

Arsenal have endured a nightmare start to the Champions League campaign having lost their opening two fixtures, with Arsene Wenger’s side needing to pick up points in back-to-back games against the German giants to stand a chance of progressing.

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There is no tinkering from Arsene Wenger this week in the Champions League. The Arsenal boss names an unchanged side from the team which impressively dismantled Watford 3-0 on Saturday.

Bayern, who have won every league game this season, make one switch with Douglas Costa coming in for Rafinha from the team who won 1-0 at Werder Bremen at the weekend.

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta arrives at the Emirates Stadium before the game

Alexis Sanchez starts for the Gunners ahead of the clash with Bayern Munich

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud worse his headphones as he arrived at the ground

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott also arrives as the Gunners chase a first Champions League win this season

Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Walcott, Sanchez.

Well, looking at their Twitter account – they already have! A few of London’s famous landmarks have been given the Bayern Munich badge treatment…

Neuer, Thiago, Alonso, Boateng, Bernat, Lahm, Vidal, Müller, Alaba, Lewandowski, Costa.

Because they look absolutely useless at parking the bus – as a parked car found out earlier today…

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…for their sake I hope their team follows suit once the match kicks off.

And this is why Arsenal are in trouble. Having lost their first two UEFA Champions League games they are already well off the pace in Group F.

They need a result against the German champions tonight, but it’s worth keeping an eye out on the Olympiacos vs Dinamo Zagreb score – as a draw in that match will do the Gunners a massive favour.

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The Emirates Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League tie between Arsenal and Bayern Munich

Champions League branding is placed around the ground before the tie

Bayern fans sit outside the Emirates stadium ahead of the UEFA Champion League tie

It’s a crunch Champions League game between two heavyweights before the clocks have even gone back.

Quite frankly, Arsenal’s Champions League campaign is in a mess, not quite the mess the RFU is in yet, but defeat tonight and they are staring at a shock group exit straight in the face.

Good evening, all. Welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Arsenal vs Bayern Munich.



Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League as Arsenal look to kick-start their campaign at home to Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have had a terrible start in Europe, losing their first two games, and must start picking up big points in their bid to advance beyond the group stage.

Arsene Wenger’s side are in tremendous domestic form heading into the north London clash but they will be wary of the German outfit who are one of the outright favourites to win the competition, and feature arguably Europe’s deadliest striker presently in the form of Robert Lewandowski. 

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