Thomas Muller: 'Beautiful' Arsenal on same level as Bayern Munich

Thomas Muller has lauded Arsenal ahead of Bayern Munich’s trip to north London later this month.

The two sides will come to blows on February 19 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, but for now the German remains complimentary of the Gunners.

An unexpectedly fruitful campaign sees Arsene Wenger’s men narrowly top of the Premier League with four months to go on the term – Die Roten dominating the Bundesliga with a 13 point lead at the summit.

It’s the second year running that the pair have been drawn together for the maiden knockout round of Europe’s elite competition, Bayern slipping past Arsenal on away goals en route to the title last time around.

Pep Guardiola took over at the helm over the summer in Munich as the reigning European champions have continued bulldozing everything in their path.

Yet the noticeable uptick in the Gunners’ fortunes hasn’t eluded Muller’s gaze, who has opined only trophies won in the past seasons see his side front-runners to eliminate the Emirates outfit from the Champions League once again.

“The Gunners play a very beautiful football, they are the most difficult opponents we could have got,” he told Kicker.

“We are on eye-level with this top team from the Premier League.

“We have had more success on the national and international stage than Arsenal in recent years; that’s why we are slight favourites.

“We are the holders and have improved. Of course, we are the team to beat when it comes to the [Champions League] title.”

Dumping Bayern out of the tournament will be a tall task for Arsenal, who face a congested fixture list laced with difficult opponents over the next eight weeks.

Nonetheless, Muller’s words are high praise – even if they’ll mean little when push comes to shove in just a tick over two weeks’ time.

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