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Three observations from Bayern Munich’s Emirates Cup win over Arsenal

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It was a great preseason test for both sides, but the Bavarians take home the trophy.

Arsenal Women v FC Bayern Munich Women - Emirates Cup Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Bayern Munich beat Arsenal 1-0 on Sunday to win the 2019 Emirates Cup. It was a great friendly match between the two teams, as both are in this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Melanie Leupolz was spectacular

With the massive overhaul happening at Bayern this summer and a lot of experienced players departing the club, the captain’s armband will hold a little more meaning this season for Bayern. Melanie Leupolz will carry that responsibility, and if she performs like she did on Sunday, Bayern fans are in for a treat this year.

Leupolz scored a spectacular diving header for the sole goal in the match. Otherwise, while she was on the field, Leupolz covered nearly every blade of grass in the stadium. Whether it was breaking up Arsenal attacks or leading Bayern’s own, Leupolz was everywhere. It was a supreme performance from her.

A big injury for both teams

Unfortunately, the game saw two potentially major injuries. In the first half, Bayern’s Sydney Lohmann landed hard on her shoulder. She was forced to come off for Linda Dallmann. Her inability to move her arm while coming off the field would lead me to believe that she’s potentially dislocated her shoulder.

For Arsenal, Danielle Carter appears to have seriously injured her knee late in the second half. Her leg was stabilized and she was carted off the field. I confess that I don’t know much about her; however, the announcers said that she previously missed something like 10 months a couple of years ago due to an injury. Hopefully, this one isn’t as serious as it appeared.

Arsenal Women v FC Bayern Munich Women - Emirates Cup Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Two Bayern II players make appearances

In the second half of the match, Jens Scheuer gave two players from last season’s 2.Frauen Bundesliga winners Bayern II run outs on the day. Anja Pfluger and Kristin Kogel will long remember stepping onto the field at the Emirates Stadium.

Pfluger has a remarkable story. The 25 year old captain of FCB II is a two-time cancer survivor having undergone treatment for Leukemia on two separate occasions during her teenage years and received a bone marrow transplant in 2010. In March, she graduated with a master’s degree in sports science.

Arsenal Women v Bayern Munich Women - Pre-Season Friendly - Emirates Stadium Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images