Theo Walcott has insisted that there will be no repeat of last year’s embarrassing 5 – 1 defeat to Bayern Munich when Arsenal play them in the last 16 of the Champions League.
In recent years Bayern has knocked the Gunners out at the last 16 stage twice and last season humiliated them in the group stage.
However, Walcott said that he thinks Arsenal is a much more resilient team this season and thinks that Bayern were probably hoping to avoid them.
Speaking after the draw he said, “You’ve got to face the best teams in the Champions League. They won’t want to play Arsenal. I’m not going to lie when I say that it’s going to be a very difficult game, we know how hard it’s going to be.”
However, he said that he thinks the team has significantly improved this season compared to the last few years and thinks that they will perform far better as they are “more focused and dedicated”.
At the same time Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that his team will have to take a lead in the first leg of the match if they are to be sure of progressing, “I can well remember that they played very defensively against us in the past. We have to make sure that we score one or two goals so we can head to London with a bit more calm.”
Bayern defender Jerome Boateng also recognised that it won’t be a straightforward task to defeat Arsenal calling them a “very good opponent” and said he is sure that both encounters will be very exciting games that fans should be looking forward to.
However, fans have a bit of a wait for the game with the first leg scheduled for February 15 at the Allianz Areana before they meet again at the Emirates Stadium on March 7.