Schweinsteiger: Arsenal set out to defend

The Bayern Munich midfielder admits his side should have been more clinical but is delighted to have got another 90 minutes under his belt

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes Arsenal took a defensive approach during the two sides’ 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

The Bavarians progressed to the last eight of the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate despite seeing Thomas Muller’s late penalty saved by Lukasz Fabianski as they were held by Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Germany international, who scored the opener for the hosts prior to Lukas Podolski’s equaliser, feels that his side had the better of the encounter, but that the Gunners’ negative approach made it hard to break them down.

“We tried to apply pressure and attack and Arsenal pulled everyone back and tried to close down the space,” he told the club’s official website.

“We looked to get at them down the flanks and our penetration was reasonably good, but we failed to score.”

Schweinsteiger is nursing his way back to fitness after having ankle surgery earlier this season and was delighted to get a run-out in such a high-profile fixture.

“For me personally it’s great to play 90 minutes in the Champions League against a team as good as this.”

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