Bayern won’t underestimate Arsenal, says Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the Bundesliga outfit won't be underestimating Arsenal

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Bayern Munich will not underestimate Arsenal in the Champions League last 16, according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Bavarian outfit are nine points clear of their nearest rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and topped Group F ahead of Valencia in Europe’s premier club competition.

Bayern were beaten on penalties by Chelsea in last season’s Champions League final at the Allianz Arena in May and will be favourites to progress against Arsene Wenger’s struggling side.

“Arsenal have struggled at times in the league over the last few months, which a look upon the standings in the Premier League will tell you,” Bayern chairman Rummenigge told Sky Sports.

“But by no means will this be an easy game for us. I look forward to our game in London and back home in Munich.”

Arsenal lost 3-2 on aggregate against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 in 2005, but Gunners communications director Mark Gonnella is confident about the north London outfit’s chances.

“They knocked us out that time [2005] but such is the level at this stage of the competition that whether you start at home or away there’s not much in it,” said Gonnella.

“If you look at the statistics over time it probably proves that.

“So we’ve got to go out and get a good result under our belt in the home game and then see what we can do in Germany.”

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