Arsenal will face Bayern Munich in the round-of-16 in the Champions League again this year, and there is a sense of optimism among their supporters.
The Gunners have met their German rivals at different stages in the last three seasons, with Arsene Wenger now having to plot their downfall in the knockout stage again.
Despite finishing top of their group and giving themselves the best possible chance of an ‘easier’ draw, it hasn’t worked out that way for Arsenal who will have to go through one of the favourites for the competition.
However, given that Bayern have failed to convince so far this season under Carlo Ancelotti, there is optimism within the Arsenal ranks on Twitter as they prepare for what will still be a really difficult task.
The Bundesliga giants are built to win the Champions League and have an ability to win big games one way or another. In turn, it will be a massive test of Wenger and his squad’s credentials in Europe this season.
Nevertheless, they did what they had to do at the group stage and will now welcome Bayern to the Emirates Stadium in the second leg next year while much could still change before those two fixtures come around.
Bayern AGAIN!!! Not even surprised to be honest, just our luck. But, Bayern ain't the same team anymore so let's see how it goes #AFC
— It's Your Boy Troopz (@Arsenal_Trooper) December 12, 2016
WTF Bayern Munich again!!!#ChampionsLeague
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) December 12, 2016
I am not moaning about facing Munich as I actually think we will beat them, I'm just bored of playing them, that's 4 times in 5 years now ?
— Mr DT © (@mrdt2016) December 12, 2016
Bring. It. On.
— GeoffArsenal (@GeoffArsenal) December 12, 2016
Leicester won the league
Donald Trump was elected US President
Time for Arsenal to knock out Bayern Munich. #Believe.
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) December 12, 2016
Arsenal's trip to Bayern Munich will be 4th time in 4 years. Wenger might as well get a place out there. More cost effective.
— Spencer FC (@SpencerOwen) December 12, 2016
— Alan (@305Gunner) December 12, 2016
UEFA: come on, they have finished first in their group. Let's do an 'easy' draw for them.
Inner UEFA: Mmmmm… Bayern Munich again. pic.twitter.com/IqQr4N5Dnj
— Arsenal Related ?? (@ArsenalsRelated) December 12, 2016
First season where I think Arsenal can actually beat Bayern Munich over two legs. Should be a belter.
— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) December 12, 2016
By far Arsenal's best chance of beating Bayern in all this time. Almost favourites. Barca and PSG should be banned from meeting.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 12, 2016
Bayern v Arsenal again. Lmao this is so fixed.
— Spanish Gooner (@ElSpanishGooner) December 12, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 12, 2016
Think Arsenal-Bayern should get a nickname like El Classico. Maybe CL-draw-is-fixed-ico
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) December 12, 2016