Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes that Arsenal are the toughest draw they could have been handed for the Champions League’s first knockout round.

The German giants overcame the Gunners across two legs last season on their way to lifting the trophy, and are set to travel to the Emirates Stadium for the first instalment of the clash early next year.

The two clubs were the last out of the pot, and Boateng – who spent a brief spell at Manchester City – says that the defending champions are concerned at the prospect of facing Arsene Wenger’s side:

“They’re the toughest opponents we could have had. They’ll be totally up for it after what happened last year. Both matches will be very intense.” He is quoted by The Metro.

The two teams met at the same stage of the tournament last season, with the Bundesliga side securing their passage to the quarter-finals via away goals.

Arsenal narrowly advanced from the group stage of the competition after a 2-0 defeat to Napoli in their final game, while Bayern Munich topped their pool – which contained City.