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 #3: No travelling Bayern fans

FC Bayern Muenchen v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga
Bayern supporters are banned from travelling for the first leg / Franz Kirchmayr/GettyImages

Arsenal will host the first leg against Bayern, but fervent Gooners will instead fill the away end at the Emirates after UEFA handed Bayern supporters a ban from travelling for the away leg of their quarter-final tie.

The ban was issued after fans threw fireworks onto the pitch during Bayern's 3-0 victory over Lazio which confirmed their progression into the last eight.

The absence of travelling supporters may only be a subtle boost in this tie which will be defined by on-field happenings, but it's a positive for the Gunners nonetheless. If Arteta's side are to advance, they'll need to win on home soil.


Negative #3: Allianz trip in the second leg

Arsenal, as Group B winners, had the benefit of playing the return leg of their round of 16 tie against Porto at the Emirates. While the performance was pretty flat, this undoubtedly aided their ability to overturn a 1-0 deficit and eventually progress on penalties.

However, as the Gunners were the first team out of the hat during Friday's draw, they will play the first leg in north London before travelling to the Allianz Arena for the return fixture.

Who knows what the situation will be from the opening fixture at the Emirates, but Bayern will undoubtedly be boosted by hosting the second leg. They've lost just one game at the Allianz all season and haven't been beaten at home in this competition since 2021.


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