Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil looking forward to facing Bayern ‘friends’

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil tweets his excitement after the Gunners are drawn against Bayern Munich in the last 16

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Mesut Özil has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal Photo: Steindy/Wikimedia

Mesut Ozil admits he is looking forward to facing some familiar “friends” after Arsenal were drawn against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 draw.

Ozil, who failed to help the Gunners avoid a 6-3 loss to Manchester City on Saturday, will take on a Bayern side containing many of his German team-mates, including Philip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Mueller.

Bayern eliminated Arsenal en route to winning the Champions League crown last season, and Ozil, who moved to The Emirates in a club-record £42.5m deal this summer, is relishing the chance to beat the holders.

Ozil posted on his Facebook page: “What an amazing draw. I’m looking forward to the match against my friends. It will be exciting. ‪#‎ucl‬”

Meanwhile, Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez tipped Pep Guardiola’s men to beat the Premier League leaders over two legs next February.

“We play vs arsenal, they are in a great shape, but for sure we will make a great knockout and we will move to the next phase,” Martinez said on Twitter.

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