Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that Arsenal won’t be worrying too much about their past record against Bayern Munich as the Champions League clash looms on the horizon.
The Gunners face another showdown the German giants this week, and it hasn’t always gone well.
Bayern will be favourites as Arsenal look to progress beyond the round of 16 for the first time in seven seasons, but the Ox views it as a chance.
“You don’t look into history too much,” he said. “It is just two games against a very good side. But we are also a very good side.
“We have to make sure we play well on the day because we are going to have to if we are going to beat Bayern Munich. It is as simple as that.
“It is a massive opportunity for us to go far in the Champions League. We know that we can change some of the negative feelings around because of what’s going on in the Premier League at the moment.
“You are going to have to beat Bayern and the other best teams in Europe to win the competition. So I don’t know if you can get an easy game at this stage.
“You just have to take what you have got, take it in your stride and go for it.”
It may well be worth remembering the fact that although the knock-out rounds have not been good for us, we have had some success over Bayern in recent years.
Last year goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil gave us a 2-0 win at the Emirates in the group stages; we drew 1-1 there in March 2014; and in March 2013 Giroud and Laurent Koscielny scored the goals in a 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena which meant it was only away goals that saw the Bundesliga side through.
So, it’s going to be difficult, but not impossible.