3 positives & negatives as Arsenal lose to Bayern Munich and exit Champions League

  • Gabriel Martinell's off-night and William Saliba handling Harry Kane are among the positives and negatives for Arsenal after losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich and exiting the UEFA Champions League
FC Bayern München v Arsenal FC: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
FC Bayern München v Arsenal FC: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages
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Joshua Kimmich's 63rd-minute header sent Arsenal packing from the UEFA Champions League after a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Here are three positives and three negatives from the second leg of a last-eight tie Arsenal lost 3-2 on aggregate.

Positive #1: Martin Odegaard Got Through It

Martin Odegaard, David Raya
Martin Odegaard was an injury doubt heading into the game / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Odegaard was a doubt before the game and took his share of knocks, but Arsenal's captain fantastic ultimately made it through the tie. That's positive because Mikel Arteta's team remains almost completely tethered to Odegaard for creativity.

His radar didn't fail him in the first half when the skipper teed up Gabriel Martinelli for the visitors' best chance in the opening 45 minutes. Martinelli fluffed his lines on a rough night for the Brazilian, but Odegaard's vision and technique to find him engenders some hope beyond this competition.

Remember, Arsenal can be four points ahead of City before last season's champions kick a ball in anger again in the Premier League. Thanks to City's FA Cup duty, and the Gunners facing winnable fixtures against Wolves and Chelsea in the league.

Arsenal won't take six from six without Odegaard on song. So it's good news the gifted No. 8 is proving strong enough to handle the workload.

Negative #1: Gabriel Martinelli had a shocker

Gabriel Martinelli, Leroy Sane, Joshua Kimmich
Martinelli missed a big first-half chance / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Martinelli continues to look so far removed from the player he can be, and it's hurting Arsenal's attack. Yes, the forward is dealing with some rust from his latest injury, but he's also a step off the pace at both ends of the pitch.

Pace is the key to Martinelli's game, so that's more than mild cause for concern. So it proved when he was caught flat-footed to allow Kimmich to stride in and power Bayern in front.

Defending's not Martinelli's primary remit. That's supposed to be finding the net. Something he's also struggling to get right.

A usually composed finisher, possessing the calmness and touch of a natural goalscorer, Martinelli is snatching at too many chances. It's what he did in the first half when Manuel Neuer should've been beaten in a one-on-one situation from the heart of the six-yard box.

Martinelli is pressing for a goal and his anxiety is showing. He needs to take a breath and rediscover his composure because the 22-year-old can be the X factor in Arsenal's league title push.

With so much attention paid to Bukayo Saka, while Kai Havertz continues to mature as a centre-forward, there's going to be time and space for Martinelli to punish defences. Provided he can take it.

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