Champions League

Podolski: We can top Bayern

2012-12-20 21:18
Lukas Podolski (AFP)

London - Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski insists the Gunners will have no reason to fear his former club Bayern Munich when they clash in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger's men were paired with Bundesliga leaders Bayern in Thursday's draw, with the first leg at the Emirates Stadium on February 19 and the return at the Allianz Arena in March.

That means a return to Munich for German international Podolski, who spent three seasons at Bayern from 2006.

Arsenal's spluttering form this season means few pundits expect the English Premier League side to beat Bayern, who reached the Champions League final last season.

But Podolski believes Arsenal have what it takes to get past one of the tournament favourites.

"They played in the final in 2010 and last year. It is a big club, but we have the chance to win against Bayern Munich," Podolski told Arsenal Player.

"They have (Mario) Gomez up front, they have (Franck) Ribery, (Bastian) Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer.

"But there are two matches, one at home (and) one away, so both teams have the chance to win."

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