Arsenal have drawn Bayern Munich in next year’s Last 16 Champions League knockout round, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is up for the challenge.
It will be a rematch of last season’s competition where the Gunners won 2-0 at the Allianz Arena, however were knocked out on away goals after a disastrous first leg at Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking forward to facing the current holders, and feels playing one of Europe’s heavyweights is an exciting prospect rather than something to fear.
He told Arsenal Player:
You see the likes of the Barcelonas and Real Madrids and you always want to play against them and obviously Bayern Munich too.
We managed to get a good result away at Bayern last season so that brings back good memories. If you’re going to do well in the competition you’ve got to beat the best teams.
Obviously the big teams create the bigger atmosphere around the stadiums.
I remember before I came to Arsenal I was at the Barcelona game at the Emirates and I just remember the atmosphere there was unbelievable, so when the big teams do come into town it does create a massive buzz.
The Gunners have drawn possibly the hardest side and will struggle against one of the deepest and strongest squads in the competition.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping he can too be involved in the fixture, and with a return in the New Year penciled in, hopefully we will get to see Wenger unleash The Ox against the Pep Guardiola’s Bayern come February.