Thierry Henry reacts to Bayern Munich v Arsenal in Champions League last-16 draw
The Arsenal legend delivers his verdict on the Gunners' last-16 draw after they were pitted against Bayern Munich
Thierry Henry says that the Arsenal players should embrace the challenge of facing Bayern Munich in their bid to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.
The Gunners were pitted against the Bundesliga holders in Monday morning’s Champions League last-16 draw despite Arsene Wenger’s side managing to beat Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Group A.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men finished in runners-up spot behind Atletico Madrid in Group D after losing twice during the Champions League group stage.
Arsenal have lost to the Bundesliga giants twice in the round of 16 in the past four seasons.
The Gunners went out on away goals in 2012-13 despite winning 2-0 at the Allianz Arena after a 3-1 loss to Bayern at the Emirates Stadium.
Less than 12 months later, Bayern were 2-0 winners against Arsenal in north London before a 1-1 draw in Germany to send Wenger’s men packing.
However, Henry reminded the current Arsenal crop of how the Gunners were written off against Real Madrid in 2005-06 before beating the La Liga giants and going on to reach their first Champions League final.
“I don’t know why, I had a feeling they were going to play Real Madrid or Bayern,” Henry told Sky Sports.
He continued: “I remember when we drew Real Madrid in the year we went to the final, people were like it’s over for Arsenal. We were the first seeds that everybody wanted to play. We managed to reach the final and beat Real Madrid.
“If I was an Arsenal player now, I’d take it as a challenge.”