Mikel Arteta sidesteps controversy after Champions League thriller with Bayern Munich

Harry Kane was fortunate to escape a red card following the epic Champions League elbow incident.

Mikel Arteta sidesteps controversy after Champions League thriller with Bayern Munich

Harry Kane could have been sent off for an elbow at the Emirates.

Arsenal and Bayern Munich played to a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Champions League quarterfinal, with Arsenal feeling they should have been given a late penalty.
In the final moments of the game, Bukayo Saka fell into the box following a collision with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but the referee dismissed furious protests from Arsenal.

“Manuel Neuer does not extend his leg. There must be a fine. Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferinand said on TNT Sports, “They [VAR] had to send him [referee] to look at it.”

“In a game like this, it’s a really important choice. There is a great deal at stake.

In a game full of incidents from start to finish, some spectators expressed disapproval of Ferdinand’s outrage, claiming Saka tried to win the penalty by pushing his leg towards Neuer.

Harry Kane, the captain of England, was the villain of the play the entire time. He scored his team’s 39th goal of an incredible season, but he also had the option to be sent off for elbowing Gabriel in the neck.

Spurs legend Harry Kane gave the German champions a 2-1 lead in the first half of the match, seemingly setting up a dream comeback to north London.

But after Saka’s early goal was cancelled out by former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry, substitute Leandro Trossard left the tie perfectly poised ahead of next week’s return match.

Six-time European champions Bayern nearly had a winner in the ninetieth minute when Kingsley Coman struck the post, and in an exciting finish, Saka was denied a spot-kick in added time after Manuel Neuer challenged him.

The only statement made by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta regarding the Saka incident was, “They said they checked it and decided it was not a penalty.”

The Spaniard added that going into the second leg in Munich, his team was in a strong position.

“There were different moments in the game,” he went on. We had a great start, dominated the game, and gave up nothing. The moment when Ben White passes Manuel Neuer after we scored a really good goal changed the course of the match; if it had ended 2-0, things would have been very different.

“They scored, which caused some confusion. We shouldn’t have given up the second goal, but this is the Champions League—you make a mistake and you pay for it.

“They were very dangerous because we gave them too much space to run, but even down 2-1, we tried to establish a rhythm, remained calm, and didn’t try to rush things. The changes had an effect on the game.”

“You give something in the Champions League, and they’ll take it. You are penalized. That is also a component of football.

“The things we can control is do the simple things better.”

Kane also offered his assessment of the thrilling match at Emirates Stadium, which was played in a venue devoid of Bayern Munich supporters due to a UEFA ban.

Kane said, “Unfortunately, Leroy (Sane) didn’t put it away. We had a great opportunity to go up 3-1.”

“Today, you witnessed a truly committed team. We had to demonstrate our unity and resolve to fight. It was a modest step in the right direction today.

“The game was challenging. Naturally, losing never makes us happy. As you’ve seen over the last few years, Arsenal has given it their best shot at winning the league and is at the top for a reason.

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