Mikel Arteta admits Ben White miss for Arsenal was ‘critical’ in Bayern Munich draw

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal settled for a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich (Getty)

Mikel Arteta was left to rue a ‘critical’ miss from Ben White in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Leandro Trossard’s equaliser with 14 minutes remaining earned a draw for the Gunners, who took the lead in the first half through Bukayo Saka before going behind following Serge Gnabry’s goal and Harry Kane’s penalty.

Saka was also furious at the full-time whistle after he was denied a penalty following a collision with Manuel Neuer inside Bayern’s area which was waved away by Swedish referee Glenn Nyberg.

Arteta, meanwhile, believes White’s failure to score his clear-cut chance while Arsenal were 1-0 ahead proved costly for his side.

‘I think we started the game really well, we were dominant we played in the opponents’ half, we generated some momentum, scored the first goal,’ Arteta said after the game.

‘And then it’s a critical moment of the match, Ben White is in front of Neuer to make it 2-0 and we have to put the ball in the back of the net and it becomes a different moment, and then in Champions League you cannot give anything to the opponent.

Arsenal failed to extend their lead as Ben White fired his chance straight at Manuel Neuer (Reuters)

‘We had given them two goals today and when you have this situation they are going to punish you.

‘The margins are really small in this competition, it’s really difficult to penetrate the opponents and create big quality chances against this level of opposition, make sure you don’t give them anything but I think the team showed a lot of composure especially after 2-1 because you can throw your toys away and generate a lot of spaces for the opponent and lose the tie in 20 minutes.

‘We haven’t done that and I think the subs made a huge impact and the way they came on the pitch, the body language, the attitude, the initiative to make things happen made a big difference to the team.’

When asked what the mood was like in Arsenal’s dressing room after the game, Arteta replied: ‘Yeah obviously, in certain way we are alive and we’ve done what we had to do when the game became very difficult for us but as well as understanding that we have to step up the level in certain aspects of the game, to be much better and to have a real chance to win the game.

‘I think we have made some mistakes today and for the next time for that to happen there are less and okay it happened today but let’s learn from it, let’s support those players who have been unbelievable and it’s part of football.’

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