Lukas Podolski says that while Bayern Munich might well be favourites to progress to the next round of the Champions League, Arsenal have the quality to make life difficult for them.
The German international made an unsuccessful move to the Bavarian giants earlier in his career, and although he’s well aware of their strength, he feels his new club have no reason for pessimism.
“”Bayern are favourites, no doubt about that,” he told Die Welt. “In two games we will have our chances to reach the next round. You can be sure, we will not sit and wait to find out what Bayern does. We have the quality to stand our ground against them.
“They are playing a sublime season. They are the clear number one in Germany and also are among the top two, three teams in Europe. It looks like they have decided the Bundesliga but they now face us in Champions League.”
His positive outlook was echoed by Wojciech Szczesny, who believes Arsenal have no reason to fear tonight’s opponents.
I don’t know why they should be favourites, I wouldn’t bet money on this one,” he said.
“I really wanted to avoid Barcelona. I would take any other team because I believe Barca are the best in the world. You want to avoid them because your chances are very small of beating them. Bayern is a very tough draw but it is a very exciting one.”
And the Polish stopper backed the team to give Gunners fans something to shout about later on.
“Arsenal supporters are always fantastic, especially on Champions League nights. It is always a bit more exciting and if we can match the atmosphere with the performance then we will have a good chance of getting a result.”