Positives Taken from Arsenal's Win Against Bayern Munich

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Positives Taken from Arsenal's Win Against Bayern Munich
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In a competition as fiercely contested as the Champions League, two away goals are usually good enough to book a place in the next round of the competition, after a two-legged affair of course. 

Let me use the first knockout fixtures of this season's competition to verify my claims. Unlike Juventus and Galatasaray that banged in an impressive three goals in enemy territory, Paris St.-Germain, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund scored two goals on their travels and they all booked quarterfinal berths.

Arsenal on the other hand, had a daunting task at hand but still managed to score two away goals in a feared ground like the Allianz Arena. However, after a shocking first-leg showing, the excellent away performance came to nothing, as the painful away-goal rule ensured that the Gunners are gearing up for their eighth consecutive trophy-less campaign.

I hate to go down memory lane, but the first-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller were avoidable to say the least. As expected, Arsenal's schoolboy defending against a ruthless opposition like Bayern was enough to hand the Bavarian outfit a chance in the quarterfinals. Lukas Podolski offered his side some hope but Mario Mandzukic's effort drove the nail in Arsenal's coffin. 

After the first leg, the Gunners were more or less outgunned, outclassed and out of the Champions League.

A fortnight later, an early goal from Olivier Giroud restored some hope for the Gunners, but Laurent Koscielny's goal was too little, too late. On the night, Arsenal won the battle but Bayern ultimately won the war.

Arsene Wenger was proud of his team for their inspired performance against Bayern, but a lot of work has to be done to secure a Champions League spot come May.

Despite the negative outcome at the end of the game, there are a few positives to note. Here’s my take. 

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