Bayern captain: Arsenal are outstanding

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Philipp Lahm has conceded that the North London side will be tough opponents in the Champions League, but stressed that he was looking forward to facing Arsene Wenger’s men.

Arsenal may well have to face Liverpool in the FA Cup today, but the Gunners players will naturally have their Champions League knockout first leg tie against Bayern Munich in the back of their minds.

The north London outfit face the European champions on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium, in what will be a mouth-watering clash.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has been talking about the Gunners ahead of the game, and feels that Arsenal have progressed as a team this season.

"The biggest danger for us, right now, is facing Arsenal in the last 16. It's a tough draw," Lahm told the Guardian.

"A lot can happen in those two games. It'll be two teams that are very good tactically and technically. I'm really looking forward to that game. I think every football fan is.

"They're fighting for the championship, that's not a coincidence: I believe they have developed as a team. They've become much stronger, the squad is more balanced.

“And they still play the way Arsenal always play. They want to have the ball, they like playing it short, and they have outstanding individuals."

Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League by the Bundesliga giants last year, with a Bayern win in England all but sealing their fate.

With this experience in mind, Wenger will urge his side to start strongly against the Bavarian outfit this time round.

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