Why Arsenal have major advantage for first leg vs Bayern Munich | Football

Arsenal are seeking revenge for their 10-2 aggregate loss in 2017 (Picture: Reuters)

Arsenal will have a major advantage when they face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on April 9.

The last eight teams left in Europe’s elite club competition learned their fates on Friday as the draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Gunners, who have never won the Champions League in their history, take on Thomas Tuchel’s German champions with Harry Kane set to face his former rivals.

Bayern Munich beat Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate back in 2017 and the north Londoners will be keen to get revenge as the look to reach the semi-finals.

Arsenal required a penalty shootout to squeeze past Portuguese side Porto in the last 16 while Bayern Munich overturned a first-leg deficit to eliminate Lazio.

Mikel Arteta’s side will have a key advantage when they host the Bundesliga giants at the Emirates.

That’s because Bayern Munich fans have been banned from attending the away leg of their quarter-final.

Harry Kane playing for Bayern Munich, with his head in his hands.

Bayern Munich’s fans are unable to attend the first-leg clash (Picture: Getty)

Bayern Munich supporters threw fireworks onto the pitch during their 3-0 second-leg win against Lazio earlier this month which saw UEFA take action.

‘We have to accept this punishment,’ Bayern Munich CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen said.

‘We have to accept this punishment. Not only were pyrotechnics set off, but also fired deliberately onto the field, directly endangering bystanders.

‘This was such an explicit violation of the conditions of probation that an appeal is unfortunately futile.

‘The fact we now have to play away without the support of our fans is a big blow.

‘A small group of individual offenders have done a disservice to all our supporters and the team.’


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