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BBC Sport's Ian Brown
"Arsenal were lucky"
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
"We are proud to be in the last eight"
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banner Wednesday, 14 March, 2001, 19:47 GMT
Arsenal scrape through
Elber scores
Elber heads home the opener for Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal moved uncomfortably into the Champions League quarter-finals after a disappointing defeat against Bayern Munich.

Arsene Wenger's side finally clinched a place in the last eight, despite a desperately poor display in Munich's rain-soaked Olympic Stadium.

Outspoken Brazilian Giovane Elber - who dismissed Arsenal in a public attack before the game - backed up his words with actions and an excellent early goal.

And even though Arsenal struggled to make any impact against Bayern, they were left grateful for Lyon's failure to get a win against Spartak Moscow for their passage into the latter stages of the competition.

Arsenal could take no chances as events unfolded in Moscow, but they almost fell victim to a self-inflicted wound in the fourth minute.

Carsten Jancker's cross looked harmless until Gilles Grimandi inexplicably stuck out a leg, and it needed an instant reaction save from David Seaman to stop a farcical own goal.

Henry escapes Elber
Henry escapes Elber
It was only a brief reprieve as Bayern pressed forward and took the lead five minutes later.

France full back Bixente Lizarazu unlocked the Arsenal defence with a brilliant cross, and the arrogant Elber sent a diving header past Seaman.

Lizarazu was a constant threat to Arsenal, and captain Tony Adams needed to be alert to divert another dangerous cross behind for a corner.

Arsenal were struggling to make any impact at all on Bayern, stripped of the creativity of Dennis Bergkamp and with Thierry Henry and Kanu isolated figures up front.

Wenger's side had genuine penalty appeals ignored by Swedish referee Anders Frisk after 37 minutes when Freddie Ljungberg tumbled under Lizarazu's impetuous challenge.

Henry on the run
Henry on the run
The free kick was awarded, but the challenge clearly took place inside the area - a verdict confirmed by television replays.

Arsenal's frustration mounted in the closing stages of the first half, with both Patrick Vieira and Lee Dixon picking up bookings for fouls on Jens Jeremies and Lizarazu.

Seaman did well to prevent Bayern extending their advantage in first half injury time when he turned a powerful drive from Elber into the side-netting.

Arsenal appeared happy to sit back and hope results elsewhere would take care of themselves, and they almost fell further behind after 52 minutes.

Mehmet Scholl was the creator on the left, and when his cross arrived at the feet of Jeremies via a miskick from Jancker, the German international midfield man shot wastefully wide.

Dixon tackles Scholl
Dixon tackles Scholl
Lauren had the ball in the net for Arsenal four minutes, later, but it was correctly ruled out for offside against Robert Pires.

Wenger knew he had to inject drive into his struggling side, and he made a double substitution on the hour, replacing Kanu and Ljungberg with Sylvain Wiltord and Ray Parlour.

And as news filtered through that Lyon had revived their hopes in Moscow, Brazilian Silvinho was sent on instead of the subdued Pires.

The crafty Scholl was always a danger, and kick free kick swept into Seaman's near post brought a good save from the veteran Arsenal and England keeper.

Arsenal had been almost non-existent as an attacking threat, and they were grateful for another wayward piece of finishing from Jancker that allowed Seaman to make a comfortable save.

Seaman saved once more from Jeremies with almost the last kick of the match - but Arsenal rode their luck to reach the quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich: Kahn, Lizarazu, Kuffour, Andersson, Linke, Jeremies, Fink, Salihamidzic, Scholl, Sergio, Elber. Subs: Wessels, Weisinger, Tarnat, Jancker, Hargreaves, Di Salvo.

Arsenal: Seaman, Cole, Adams, Grimandi, Dixon, Pires, Vieira, Ljungberg, Lauren, Henry, Kanu. Subs: Manninger, Wiltord, Parlour, Silvinho, Luzhny, Vivas, Pennant.

Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)


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