Theo Walcott makes honest admission about Arsenal v Bayern Munich draw
Theo Walcott discusses Arsenal's Champions League draw against Bayern Munich in the last 16
Theo Walcott has accepted that Arsenal are in for a stern test of their Champions League credentials when they take on Bayern Munich in the last 16 next year.
The Bundesliga side were pitted against the Gunners in Monday’s draw as Arsene Wenger’s men were rewarded with a last-16 meeting with the German champions despite finishing first in their group.
Arsenal will attempt to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition in the new year and will certainly have their work cut out against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
However, Walcott is confidence that Arsenal have the needed quality to book their place in the last eight at Bayern’s expense.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Walcott said: “You’ve got to face the best teams in the Champions League. They won’t want to play Arsenal. I’m not going to lie when I say that it’s going to be a very difficult game, we know how hard it’s going to be.
“We’ve just got to look at ourselves and think how we’ve improved this season compared to the seasons we’ve played them recently. We lost 5-1 at their place last season, we can’t be doing stuff like that. We’re a lot more resilient this year.
“I can’t really see that happening. We’re a lot more focused and dedicated. Who knows? We’ll see, but we’ll give them a good game, definitely.”
Arsenal have failed to make it to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the last six years running and the Champions League is the only major trophy to elude Wenger since taking over at the north London club back in 1996.