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.
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3. Gabriel Jesus as a playmaker– is it enough?

While Jesus may not be the striker who can score enough goals to prove to everyone he is indeed a striker, however, his involvement in the game goes beyond it. The Brazilian has a unique influence on the game which is crucial in many situations.

The 27-year-old Brazilian striker often holds up play well and can slice through in the tightest of scenarios to be able to give his side a chance to score, which is a great presence to have in striker, however, we need more.

Arsenal lack a proper #9 and while Kai Havertz serves as a brilliant alternative, Jesus has to step up in terms of finishing and poaching. It is interesting to see what exact role Mikel Arteta wants from him as his play involves frequent engagement throughout the counter phase and final phase.

The north London side simply needs someone of that quality in their side to have an option of the "finisher." 

Another point is that Arsenal was very much out of kilter in the first half. There seemed to be erratic rotations, which saw White and Kiwior get into the box from the overlap or invert with the right winger. While it did result in great goal-scoring opportunities, it also threatened the defensive abilities. Bayern were smart to pick on their moments to counter attack and punish Arteta’s men.

A controversial decision at the end of the game also saw the north London side leave the fixture all the more disappointed. While the Gunners approach the away fixture without a clear advantage, it's vital for them to maintain their composure and navigate the game as they typically would. Arsenal will face Bayern away on April 18th and should adhere to their tactics while also approaching the match with calmness.