14 MARCH 2001


Elber met Lizarazu's superb cross with a diving header while the Arsenal defence, so wonderfully marshalled by Adams, stood appealing for offside. Adams and Grimandi almost scored own goals. Bayern sprung Arsenal's offside trap again but Semen saved. Jancker did a stunning Delvecchio impression - by kicking fresh air and landing on his backside when attacking Scholl's cross, the ball fell to Jeremies but he shot wide. Seaman made a brilliant save in the final minutes from a Scholl free kick.

Arsenal were awful. Bayern didn't even need to break a sweat. Arsenal are the weakest of the quarter-finalists.

Assist : Lizarazu


A clumsy challenge on Bulatov by Edmilson gave Spartak the lead inside 5 minutes. Dhorasoo tore a hole through Spartak's offside trap and sent Anderson clean through but he panicked and Filimonov saved. Awful, awful miss. More of those later. Anderson scored from the spot after throwing himself over Filimonov's legs to win a penalty. Govou, who so wonderfully tormented Bayern Munich last week, blew two 100% chances and sent Arsenal into the quarter-finals.

Assist : Bulatov, Anderson

6 MARCH 2001


A breathtaking opening goal by Govou. He controlled Anderson's cross on his chest and from a wicked angle lashed the ball into the roof of the net, incredible finish. He second was equally impressive. Delmotte intercepted a slack clearance and looked for a one-two with Govou, despite being surrounded by Bayern players he took a couple of steps and whipped the ball past Kahn. Khan made a finger-tip save to keep out Dhorasoo, brilliantly set-up by Anderson. Govou came within inches of claiming a hat-trick following more surprisingly charitable defending by Bayern. Bayern made a mess of a cross and Laigle arrived to drive in Lyon's third.

Assists : Andersson, Delmotte

A shock result. Bayern must have thought they were already in the quarter finals. They're still a risk they might not make it. Lyon need to better whatever result Arsenal manage in Munich. Given Lyon's awful away form you'd have to fancy Arsenal's chances of claming second place and Bayern of course first.

21 FEBRUARY 2001


A poor clearance by Deflandre gifted Pires an opening but he blasted his shot well wide. Bergkamp flicked on Dixon's cross, Parlour volleyed against the post. Super counter attacking and a well placed elbow gave Arsenal the lead. Pires and Bergkamp broke from their own penalty area, Pires released Bergkamp, he floored Edmilson with an elbow to the ribs and then clipped the ball into the top corner.

Wenger replaced Pires, Bergkamp and Henry in the second half. Coupet and Violeau cleared Lauren's goal bound header off the line. Edmilson got his revenge with the equaliser, a ridiculously powerful header from Dhorasoo's corner.

After the match Whinger complained about the number of matches his team have to play. Why doesn't he complain about the crap finishing?

Assists : Pires, Dhorasoo


Salihamidzic and Elber combined to create an opening for Scholl who finished brilliantly with a perfectly placed first time shot. Kahn made a brilliant low stop from Titov. Bayern were caught out with some quick passing on the edge of the penalty box but Irismetov made horrid contact when through on goal. Salihamidzic, who doesn't need a second invitation to go down in the box, won a penalty, Scholl converted. Paolo Sergio headed in Effenberg's free kick.

Spartak are still in it largely due to Arsenal's trademark, late equaliser screw-up. For all intents and purposes Bayern are in the Quarter Finals, can't see them screwing up against Lyon.

Assists : Elber, Salihamidzic, Effenberg



Henry gave his team a dream start and incredibly scored his first goal of the competition. Kanu then played him in with a phenomenal disguised pass and he shot first time past Kahn. Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty for handball by Sforza. Linke made an excellent if somewhat fortunate clearance from Adams' header. Scholl missed a great chance late in the first half.

In the second half Arsenal continued to waste chances, Viera and Ljunberg guilty of horrendous misses. Kanu scored what should have been the killer second goal with a great first time strike as Henry returned the favour. A minute later Bayern got one back, Elber miss-controlled Effenberg's free kick, the ball fell to Tarnat and he blasted past Manninger. Sforza won a free kick on the box, Scholl stepped up and curled a superb shot into the net.

Arsenal have had the same problem all season, they cannot finish off games.

Assists : Kanu, Henry, Elber, Sforza


Spartak made a mess of dealing with a free kick, as they ran out to play offside Laigle poked the ball to Marlet and he poked past Filimonov. Marlet found Anderson with a superb pass, Filimonov flew out of his box, Anderson flicked the ball over him and tapped into an empty net. Anderson scrambled in a second late in the first half.

Assists : Anderson, Marlet

22 NOVEMBER 2000


Arsenal collapsed after a dream start. Silvinho started and finished a nice move down the left, Henry picked out the Brazilian with a perfectly weighted pass, he rounded Filimonov and tapped into the net. Kanu blew a glorious chance on the break. Arsenal were punished for failing to clear a cross, Silvinho headed straight to Marcao and he shot past Manninger.

Parfenov deflected Pires' header against his own post. Tchuisse found Robson unmarked in front of goal, he got terrible contact but fortunately Marcao was on hand to poke the ball home. Manninger made a phenomenal save from Marcao's violent drive but was helpless as Spartak tore through the Arsenal defence to score their third, the two Brazilians combining brilliantly before Marcao laid the ball off to Titov who finished brilliantly. Bulatov took out three defenders with a dummy leaving Robson to run onto Tchuisse's through ball and round Manninger for the fourth.

Assists : Henry, Robson, Marcao, Tchuisse