Arsenal were left cursing their luck on Monday as they were drawn against Bayern Munich in the Champions League for the fourth time in five years, giving the Gunners a huge challenge in their quest to advance to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition.
Last facing the Bavarian giants last year in the group stages, Arsenal performed well at the Emirates Stadium but were taken apart by the German champions in their trip to the Allianz Arena and experienced a heavy 5-1 defeat.
With Arsenal unbeaten in the Champions League this season and topping their group for the first-time in six years, the Gunners look to be much improved and Theo Walcott has warned Carlo Ancelotti’s side not to expect the same opponent they faced a year ago.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the England international 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.”
“We’ve just got to look at ourselves and think how we’ve improved this season compared to the seasons we’ve played them recently. We lost 5-1 at their place last season, we can’t be doing stuff like that.”
“We’re a lot more resilient this year. I can’t really see that happening. We’re a lot more focused and dedicated. Who knows? We’ll see, but we’ll give them a good game, definitely.”
With their fixtures against Bayern coming amongst a difficult run that also sees Arsenal travel to the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal face a major test but overcoming Ancelotti’s side would be a huge statement of intent.