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Irish Prospect Ryan Johansson Starts For Bayern In Defeat To Arsenal

Irish U19 international Ryan Johansson played 45 minutes in the Bayern Munich midfield on Wednesday as his side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the International Champions Cup.

Johansson, who is highly regarded at the German club, started in midfield alongside French international Tolisso and played 45 minutes in the loss to Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

The 18-year old is eligible to play for Ireland through his mother who is from Mullingar but also qualifies for both Luxembourg and Sweden and has played at underage level for all three countries.

Johansson committed to Ireland earlier this year which is very promising for the Boys in Green given his potential and outlined the reasons behind his decision to Pundit Arena in February.

“It was about how close I was with all three countries,” Johansson told Pundit Arena.

“I have a lot of family in Sweden and obviously, I grew up in Luxembourg and Luxembourg still is my home, my parents still live there. So it was a tough decision in the end to choose Ireland but I focused on two things.”

“Football-wise how Ireland were doing, talking about the youth and how the first team are progressing with the manager change and then secondly it was about how I felt personally, my heart was drawn to Ireland and that’s more of a country where I feel like I am from, I’m Irish.

“I just felt that that really influenced my decision. It was unusual though to have the choice of three different countries.”

Both Arsenal and Bayern started with strong sides but neither side could find the breakthrough in the first 45 with Johansson holding his own in the midfield.

Arsenal took the lead in the second half thanks to an own goal from Bayern defender Louis Poznanski before the German’s found the equaliser thanks to a brilliant finish from Robert Lewandowski.

The game then began to open up and it was the Premier League side who grabbed the winner thanks to a tap in from young striker Eddie Nketiah.

Despite the loss, it’s excellent to see Johansson continue to be involved in and around the Bayern Munich first-team squad and the 18-year old will be hoping that he can impress ahead of the new campaign.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com