Chelsea surprisingly won last years Champions League Final against Bayern Numich after (even more surprisingly!) beating Barcelona in the semis, and Arsene Wenger certainly believes that Arsenal can emulate their local neighbours by beating the German League leaders in the Knockout Stages of the same compeition.
Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “It is a big challenge, but I believe we can do it,” .
“They have played in two of the last three finals. But now Chelsea have been knocked out, who won the European Cup, in the group stage, so why should we not kick out Bayern if we put in good performances and have everybody available? I think we have a chance to do it.
“We [my family] lived on the border of Germany and we were much more influenced by German football. At the time Bayern were Beckenbeur, Mueller, Hoeness. They won the European Cup three times, you remember that because they played against Leeds in one of the finals.
“They were the example to follow at the time, Bayern and Moenchengladbach. They had fantastic teams.”
In their present form Bayern probably think that Arsenal are going to be one of the easy sides to beat, but now the Gunners have scored 13 goals in their last 3 games, perhaps they may be a little more worried….