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The Arsenal goalkeeper was penalised for bringing down Arjen Robben in their Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie against Bayern Munich, leading to a red card for him

Nobody wants to play against any opponent with 10 men, and most certainly not againt reigning European champions Bayern Munich.

But Arsenal were left doing exactly that when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny brought down Arjen Robben in the 37th minute of their first-leg Champions League Round of 16 tie on Thursday morning at the Emirates.

That left the referee with no choice but to send off the 23-year-old Polish custodian and award a penalty, dealing the Gunners a huge blow with the game at 0-0 still. While David Alaba contrived to miss the subsequent spot-kick, just as Mesut Ozil had missed his in the eighth minute, the German juggernaut eventually ran out 2-0 winners.

The majority of Goal Singapore readers believe that the sending off changed the complexion of the game, with 63.7% indicating that a yellow card and a penalty would have sufficed. With 11 men, the hosts were seemingly coping well Pep Guardiola's side before the red card and might have gone on to secure a different result.

The remaining 36.3% believe however that Bayern would have won the game anyway, though it doesn't matter now as the Gunners face a mountain to climb in the second leg away.

Arsenal will play Bayern again on March 13, while they return to league action against Sunderland on Saturday night.

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