Arsenal handed second-leg advantage thanks to latest Bayern Munich injury blow

  • Arsenal and Bayern Munich fought out a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, but the German champions will now be without Serge Gnabry
Arsenal FC v FC Bayern München: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Arsenal FC v FC Bayern München: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Serge Gnabry scored the equalizer for Bayern Munich, and now it appears that Arsenal won't have to face the winger next week in Bavaria.

Arsenal could feel a little hard done by against Bayern Munich as a 2-2 draw at the Emirates leaves their Champions League quarter-final clash up in the air.

Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, who got on the end of a sweeping move after David Raya caused some confusion for Arsenal defender Gabriel, will now miss the return leg next week, the club confirmed.

While it is not good for any player to miss such a crucial game, the Gunners have been handed a slight boost by the news. Although Kingsley Coman looms as Gnbary's likely replacement next week.

With Bayern out of the Bundesliga title race, it seems that all their eggs will be put in the Champions League basket, and with the tie delicately poised at 2-2, one could easily see Thomas Tuchel's side going for the throat next week.

Arsenal had their chances to kill the game off after Bukayo Saka's 12-minute goal but could capitalize on their advantage, and Bayern would eventually take the lead through Harry Kane as he converted his penalty after Leroy Sane was brought down in the area.

With everything to play for, Arsenal know that going to the Allianz Arena and playing it safe isn't enough - they must go there and win.

The 2-2 scoreline means that the first leg was essentially a dead rubber and now it is "push all the chips into the middle of the table" time for the Gunners in Bavaria.

While traveling to a stadium that has seen nightmare results for Arsenal over the years, perhaps this version of the Gunners is better equipped to topple the German giants, who will be without their star winger.