Bring on Bayern, Says Arsenal Midfielder

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By Vishnuprasad Pillai | December 17, 2013 2:38 AM EST

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feels playing holders Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League is an opportunity for the Gunners to make a statement and could bring the best out of the team.

The north London outfit was drawn against the German giants in the Round of 16 of the competition for the second successive season. Arsenal were knocked out by the Bavarians on away goals last season, despite Arsene Wenger's men winning 2-0 in the second leg at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern are touted as favourites to win the title this year as well but Chamberlain is confident it would not be impossible for the Gunners to get past Pep Guardiola's star-studded side.

"We managed to get a good result away at Bayern last season so that brings back good memories. If you're going to do well in the competition, you've got to beat the best teams. Obviously the big teams create the bigger atmospheres around the stadiums," pointed out the 20-year-old.

Chamberlain remains sidelined with a knee injury, suffered against Aston Villa at the Emirates in the season opener back in August, but is expected to be back in action inside a month.

Meanwhile, Lukas Podolski has also expressed his delight at Arsenal drawing Bayern once again in the Champions League. The German had scored against his former club in the first leg at the Emirates last season.

"What a draw again! We're facing Bayern once more. :)" Podolski tweeted.

The forward, who also suffered an injury (hamstring) back in August, is set to make his first team come back against Chelsea next week.

Manchester City drew Barcelona in the other high-profile clash in the last 16. Meanwhile, Chelsea face Galatasaray - led by Blues legend Didier Drogba, while Mancherster United take on Olympiakos.

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