Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos (right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Arsenal during their Champions League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday.

London - Bayern Munich seized control of their Champions League last 16 tie against Arsenal as goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Mario Mandzukic earned the German giants an emphatic 3-1 first leg win at the Emirates on Tuesday.

A clinical strike from Kroos opened the scoring after seven minutes and when Mueller made it 2-0 midway through the first half the visiting fans were already in party mood.

Lukas Podolski scored against his old club as Arsenal battled back after the break but Mandzukic bundled in a third Bayern goal in the 77th to seal their first ever win in London.

The Bundesliga leaders, trying to make amends for their heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Chelsea in last year's final, toyed with Arsenal for 45 minutes and, though given a real scrap after that, are overwhelming favourites to reach the last eight. - Reuters