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Highlights: Arsenal put scare into Bayern, and one inspired Thomas Müller pass

Germany Soccer Champions League

Bayern’s Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller, from left, during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Arsenal in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


Arsenal scored twice, but this highlight package was stolen by Thomas Müller, whose little piece of inspiration should have gotten Bayern on the board in their 2-0 loss to Arsenal.

Mid-way through the clip (and relatively early in the second half), Müller plays a ball behind Arsenal’s line that deserved to be converted into a goal, if for not other reason than it would make the pass more memorable. Instead, Arjen Robben fails to convert his breakaway, forcing those of us who’ve seen this to work twice as hard to make sure nobody forgets what Müller pulled off.

Ball played to feet as he drops back, Muller flips the ball up near-waist high (perhaps by accident) and puts his studs to a ball that releases Robben. You can see the Arsenal defense pause slightly, unsure what’s doing on. Müller’s froze them.

Robben, unfortunately, never gets the ball out of his feet, with Carl Jenkinson coming from the right side of defense to put the ball out for a corner.

In a game that could crudely be described as a bunch of Bayern passing sandwiched between two out-of-nowhere goals, Müller’s is one of the few moments of brilliance. And thanks to Arjen Robben, it will probably be forgotten.

As always, highlights are courtesy of FOX Soccer.