3 positives & negatives as Arsenal come from behind to rescue Bayern Munich draw

• Saka sublime

• Refereeing disaster-class

• Ability to dominate Bayern Munich

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Positive #3: Second-half dominance to instil confidence

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Arsenal know that, to advance to the semi-finals without relying on a penalty shootout, they need to win in Munich next week, and there were plenty of signs that they are capable of doing that based on the first leg.

The second half especially saw the Gunners take complete control of the game and subject Bayern Munich to attack after attack and relentless pressure throughout the half.

It took a while for clear chances to start flowing, but Arsenal will be confident that, if they can replicate that part of their performance, a positive result in the second leg will follow.

However, with that being said, the importance of stamping out needless errors cannot be understated ahead of the make-or-break game next Wednesday.

Negative #3: Set-pieces disappoint

Nicolas Jover
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Arsenal rarely disappoint from set-pieces and, maybe I am in the minority, but I felt as though we were very wasteful from them against Bayern Munich.

Despite having been one of Europe's most efficient teams from set-pieces so far this season, they felt like real wasted opportunities against the German giants - with the Gunners rarely threatening from them.

We have seen enough from our set-pieces this season to know that this was simply an off day but, given how many goals set-pieces have earned us this season, the need to be more clinical from them in the second leg is paramount.