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Arsenal clinch victory over Bayern Munich to claim the International Champions Cup

The Gunners finally get a win over the Bavarians as they claim the International Champions Cup in a thriller of a match which was decided by a penalty shootout.
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Written by: Brett Ellis Shanghai July 20, 2017 18:14 IST

As the pre-season tour goes along as scheduled, German giants Bayern Munich went head to head against Arsenal for the Audi Football Summit in Shanghai, China. The Gunners proclaimed victory on penalties 3-2 as the match was leveled 1-1 with Alex Iwobi's header proving to be decisive as they equalized in the last minute of injury-time. The two European giants caved into a penalty shootout as the score didn't change after extra time. With Emiliano Martinez saving 2 penalties, the Gunners finally prevailed victorious over the Bavarians as they clinched the Audi Football Summit 2017. 

The two teams met last in the UEFA Champions League when Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal on an aggregate of 10-2 in the round of 16 in both the legs. It was one of the most humiliating defeats that Arsenal ever faced in the Champions League. After encountering such an embarrassing situation Arsenal's dreams of entering the top four of the Premier League table was also hampered as they had a series of losses against the Barclays Premier League teams. 

Both teams made a numerous amount of changes as the Bavarian brought on their on-loan forward James Rodriguez. Petr Cech's skills are as good as they can get as he denied Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, and Muller as Munich were dominating possession. 

Arsene Wenger was on the verge of leaving the club as the Gunner fans did everything humanly possible to express their views of desiring a new manager. With large banners stating 'Wenger Out ' left the Gunners vulnerable in every match. Arsene then led the Gunners to clinch their 13th FA Cup after defeating the League winners Chelsea 2-1. 

Wenger had his moment as Arsenal hold the record for securing 13 FA cups which no other team or coach has managed to proclaim. 

Arsenal defeating Bayern Munich is a big deal as their record against the Bavarians has always needed them in a loss. Carlos Ancelloti's men were unable to hold the Gunners after their last encounter which expected the same result. 

With Arsenal claiming victory over the Bundesliga Champions, the fans would surely be delighted. Wenger's new signing Alexandre Lacazette has certainly made an impact on the team as the attacking play has been delightful to watch. With the midfield of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka coming up front to attack, the Gunners have revived their offense play. 

This was the first game in China for both teams as part of the International Champions Cup. Bayern travels to Shenzhen to play the new and improved squad of  AC Milan. Arsenal will next face Chelsea in club friendlies on July 22 and will see the champions again for the Community Shield on August 6. 

 

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