UCL draws: Arsenal expected Bayern Munich tie - MilesShare:
Arsenal general secretary David Miles has revealed that the Gunners were not surprised with the round of 16 pairing against Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich.
Unlike previous years when the North London side finished second in the group and got very tough opponents – they had hoped for a better fortune after emerging as group winners but teams like Real Madrid, Sevilla, Benfica, and Bayern Munich finished as runners-up in their respective groups.
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That led to Arsenal drawing the Germans, a side that has ensured their exit from the UEFA Champions League knockouts in 2005, 2013, and 2014 but Miles is optimistic that this time they can turn it around.
"We thought it might happen, we've played them five or six times in the last [six] years," Miles told BT Sport. "We've now qualified for the knockout stage for the 14th successive season, that's testament to Arsene and the squad over that period.
"The fans will think we've got the rough end of the draw again but at some stage the tide's got to turn so why not this time?"
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident that his side can cope in the absence of German international Shkodran Mustafi who is currently out injured.
"We have Gabriel and we have Holding who can come in for him, and I'm confident they can come in for him and do well," Wenger said in Monday's press conference. "That's one of the tests, but we've had many tests this season."
Arsenal will be in Premier League action on Tuesday evening when they take on Everton at Goodison Park.
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