3 things we learned from Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich

Arsenal fought back from 2-1 down to take a share of the spoils against Bayern Munich with plenty of lessons learned.
Arsenal FC v FC Bayern Munchen: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arsenal FC v FC Bayern Munchen: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Arsenal managed to secure a 2-2 draw in their Champions League Quarter Final clash against Bayern Munich, with Mikel Arteta's side having it all to play for in a week's time.

The Gunners were held off to a draw by Bayern Munich, who showed incredible bravery to take on an in-form Arsenal side without any support from their fans, who were unavailable as they were serving a ban by UEFA.

The game began as it normally does with Arsenal, as in the first 10 minutes Mikel Arteta’s men studied their opponents. This phase generally points out to a contrasted side as compared to the rest of the game. For a majority of the first half the north London side defended in a narrow structure but countered with great strength.

While their approach favored them and saw Saka take the lead for Arsenal. Eventually, silly errors led to them trailing by a goal. However, Leandro Trossard came on from the bench to the Gunners' rescue. The game ended (2-2) in a draw.

Here are the 3 things we learnt from the game:

1. Nerves got the best of Arsenal

The Gunners have returned to the Champions League quarter-final stage after more than a decade. While their return is something worth celebrating it is also important to remember that they now have an entirely different squad.

This young squad is very talented; however, playing on a stage as big as the Champions League quarter-final against an experienced Bayern side would mean that they would see the home side get nervous. A few slip-ups in the beginning in terms of sloppiness saw Arsenal lose possession. 

However, it was the miscommunication between David Raya, Gabriel Magalhaes and Jakub Kiwior that allowed the visitors to gain a scoring opportunity and they took it. That was the first costly error and then William Saliba in an attempt to retain possession, put in a silly challenge that brought down Leroy Sane in the box and paved the way for Harry Kane to score his first UEFA Champions League goal against his old rivals.

Two errors and both of them cost the north London side a potentially key win.

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