Guardiola: Bayern Munich dominated defensive Arsenal

The former Barcelona boss says Arsene Wenger's side merely waited for the Bavarians to lose the ball in the hope of hitting their hosts on the counterattack

Pep Guardiola says Arsenal did not "come to push" Bayern Munich despite needing to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit in their Champions League last-16 clash.

The Gunners had gone into the second leg of the tie trailing 2-0 on aggregate, and Guardiola was surprised by what he perceived as Arsenal's unwillingness to attack at the Allianz Arena.

"We had a lot of control but the opponent didn't come to push," he told Bayern's official website.

"It's 2-0 in the head of the players and it's not easy. We're 2-0 up and we wanted just to control the game.

"We didn't want to attack too much but we got forward many times and we dominated the game.

"We were very intelligent. We wanted to stifle Arsenal's counterattacks and control the game.

"We only allowed them one chance in the first half. All Arsenal did was wait for us to lose the ball. Overall, we did very well.

"After they made it 1-1 we had a few problems for 15 minutes but nothing major. We're pleased and everything's good."