Bayern Munich's top performers from 2-2 draw against Arsenal

Bayern Munich earned an important 2-2 draw against Arsenal to set up a mouth watering Champions League quarterfinal second leg next week.
Harry Kane, Serge Gnabry
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Bayern Munich sprung a major surprise in Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg clash with Arsenal. On the back of two consecutive losses in the Bundesliga, the Bavarians made the trip to London without the support of fans. With the odds stacked against them, Bayern Munich managed a commendable 2-2 draw thanks to outstanding performances from the following three players.

Leon Goretzka

This season’s apparent designated scapegoat once again showed character and resilience in the heart of the Bayern Munich midfield. With the help of Konrad Laimer, Leon Goretzka did a superb job of shielding Bayern’s vulnerable defence.

In addition to making it difficult for Arsenal to progress through the middle of the park, Goretzka was astute in picking the right moment to supplement the attack.

That keen sense of timing was on display as he raced forward to set up Serge Gnabry for Bayern’s equalizer in the 18th minute. The German international may have had just 37 touches on the evening, but he was near perfect in his distribution as he completed 91% of his passes (21/23). He also won three of his five ground duels.

Goretzka managed to be an outstanding fulcrum for his team thanks to his fine positioning and excellent reading of the game. From a Bayern perspective it was a man of the match performance from the 29-year-old midfielder.