3 positives & negatives from Arsenal drawing Bayern Munich in Champions League quarter-finals

  • Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in Champions League quarter-finals
  • Last three meetings ended in 5-1 victories for Bayern
  • Vulnerable Bayern set to relinquish Bundesliga crown for first time since 2012

Arsenal have a wretched recent record against Bayern Munich
Arsenal have a wretched recent record against Bayern Munich / Anadolu/GettyImages
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Positive #2: Nothing to fear or lose

Arsenal FC v FC Porto: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arsenal celebrate their penalty shootout victory over FC Porto / Julian Finney/GettyImages

It's true. What does this Arsenal team have to lose? 2023/24 is not endgame for Arteta's project.

The Gunners are competing in the Champions League for the first time in seven years and have progressed into the quarters for the first time in 14. This has already been a successful continental campaign.

Arsenal certainly have the talent to enjoy a deeper run, but their performance over two legs against FC Porto showed that this is a team and manager still learning on the job under the brightest of lights.

This team is bound to have countless opportunities in this competition. This is just the first. They've got absolutely nothing to lose. Supporters should absolutely be embracing, not fearing, coming up against Europe's best.


Negative #2: Harry Kane

Bayern certainly have their deficiencies and uncharacteristic profligacy has crucified them at times this season.

Nevertheless, they're blessed with an array of talent in forward areas and Arsenal will encounter a familiar foe. The sight of Harry Kane shuffling towards the penalty spot, burying his effort from 12 yards before wheeling away in celebration is one ingrained in the collective consciousness of Gooners.

Kane almost always turned up against us during his North London Derby days, with no player scoring more goals in the fixture than the former Tottenham striker (14). He's nothing short of elite, and the goals, to the surprise of nobody, have continued to flow in Germany. Kane may well end up breaking Robert Lewandowski's Bundesliga single-season scoring record come the end of his debut campaign.

It will take a combination of Arsenal's defensive talent to tame the wily Kane, but the Gunners will also have to think about Leroy Sane's speed, Thomas Muller's guile, and Jamal Musiala's tight-space majesty.

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