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How recent UCL quater-final first-leg draw against Bayern Munich shows Arsenal improvement under Mikel Arteta

Despite failing to win the UCL quater-final first-leg clash against Bayern Munich, Arsenal players gave a good account of themselves against a former ‘oppressor’ , a sign of improvement under Mikel Arteta’s watch.

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Arsenal played a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quater-final first-leg at the Emirates on Tuesday.

In this article, nowarsenal correspondent mirrors how the draw shows Arsenal have grown in stature under Mikel Arteta, from a team that would have been rode over by the Bavarians to one that dominated proceedings in a highly entertaining first-leg.

1. THE PAST

In recent past, Arsenal have not been able to consistently soar in the Champions League, failing to qualify on a good number of times while the likes of Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona have fed on the Gunners in the knockout round of the competition.

From the concluding years of Arsene Wenger’s management, the Gunners had difficulty rubbing shoulder with Europe’s big boys, but after reaching the last-8 for the first time in a long-while this season and bossing proceedings on Tuesday night, I think the past will go into the history book for Arsenal fans to enjoy the present and things to come.

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2. THE PRESENT

On Tuesday night in North London, Arsenal players were in a ‘class’ expected of a top team in Europe’s Premier Club competition.

From being able to press Bayern Munich in their own half and resorting to only counter-attacks, to the confident touches that explains the sustained 60+ ball possession stat down to the opening goal by Bukayo Saka who can be ranked among the best five players in the world by current form.

The present testimony is that Mikel Arteta has improved Arsenal FC. Forget the 2-2 first leg score that sparked mixed sentiment among fans – some pleased with the performance while others expected victory from a team that has shown great promise and the ability to go all the way.

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Leandro Trossard celebrates after scoring the equalizer for Arsenal against Bayern Munich. (Image Credit: Getty Images)

3. WHAT IS TO COME

The UEFA Champions League 2nd-leg clash in Munich is now perfectly poised for a tense soaked showdown. Some fans will for want of believe question if Arsenal can edge the Bavarians in their territory to reach the last-4.

This writer is predicting victory for the Mikel Arteta improved Gunners, one that will surely lead to commentaries of the positive transformation.

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