Bayern Munich Fear Facing Arsenal In The Champions League

German giants hoped to avoid Gunners in the round of 16.

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that the club are fearing their last 16 encounter with Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League next year, the Daily Star reports.

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The reigning European champions were drawn against the Gunners in Monday’s draw for the first knockout stage and it is Bayern who have seemingly been rattled by the news.

The two sides met at the same stage in last season’s tournament and the German side came out on top on their march to the final, but following their shock defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the final game of the group stage they aren’t thought to be keen on facing another English side so soon.

“They are the Premier League leaders. We don’t need to be warned,” Rummenigge said.

“Some 10 months ago, they beat us 2-0 in the second leg of the last 16.

“That was the most awkward draw we could get. It is not what we would have wished for.”

Arsenal are in no doubt a much stronger proposition than last term with Mesut Ozil providing a creative spark in the middle of the pitch, and Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scoring for fun elsewhere.

However, it is not just the Bayern hierarchy who are worried, as defender Philip Lahm said: “That’s not a dream draw. They are a dangerous opponent. For us it is the most difficult draw from the pot.”

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