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Bayern, Arsenal players react to UCL draws

Champions League By: Collins Udeme | 12/12/2016

Reactions have begun to poor in following Monday's UEFA Champions League draw that pitched Arsenal against their round of 16 'nightmare' Bayern Munich.

Arsenal's reward for winning their group is another meeting with the top-ranked runners-up, though Manuel Neuer warns that Bayern may not have it all their own way this time.

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Manuel Neuer, Bayern keeper: "We know Arsenal well from previous years and have some good experiences playing them. Currently I rate this Arsenal side even stronger than in previous years." said Neuer.

Another Bayern star Thomas Müller who has witnessed his side edge the North Londoners to the quarter final ticket in recent years: "Arsenal is a difficult task, without question. Two European heavyweights come up against each other, but in the end hopefully Bayern will come out on top." Müller added.

While Bayern's David Alaba exudes confidence ahead of the fxture, Arsenal's new man Shkodran Mustafi says he's already been primed for the encounter.

Meanwhile, Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti who is already looking forward to the encounter says he has faith in his players to get past Arsene Wenger's side.

"We are looking forward to two interesting games. I have faith in my team and hope we can reach the quarter-finals. Arsenal have a very good team at the moment and a manager I hold in high esteem." Ancelotti told

Bayern and Arsenal have played each other ten times, all since 2000/01. The German club have won five of those games and the English side three – with Bayern beating Arsenal in the round of 16 in 2004/05, 2012/13 and 2013/14.

In last season's group stage, Bayern were defeated 2-0 in north London on matchday three but won 5-1 in Munich. Both teams progressed to the last 16. A 2-0 first-leg victory at Arsenal paved the way for Bayern's last-16 success in 2013/14, with the second match in Germany finishing 1-1.