Manuel Neuer thinks that Bayern Munich will be in for a tougher test as they prepare to face Arsenal again.
There was an overriding sense of inevitability when the two teams were drawn together as the Gunners have now drawn the Bundesliga champions for the fourth time in five seasons.
Last term they finished second behind the Germans in their group and have been knocked out by them in the last 16 twice.
Arsenal’s fans will be left cursing their luck, as Munich have knocked them out on all four occasions.
To rub salt into the wounds, Arsenal even managed to top their group ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, only for them to be paired with their bogey team.
Munich finished behind Athletico Madrid in their group and suffered two defeats, including a surprise defeat to Russian side FC Rostov.
Despite their indifferent form in Europe, a feeling of déjà vu and air of pessimism has descended around the Emirates.
Neuer, who won the competition with the Bavarian giants in 2013, believes that a victory for his side is not a foregone conclusion.
He told Bayern Munich’s official website (via Squawka): “This is an interesting and difficult task. We know Arsenal very well from the past years; we have often played against them, two times in the round of the last 16.
“We have had a good experience and we have been successful.”
Neuer is a lot more wary of the threat the Gunners pose to his side and is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
“Arsenal is a strong team and I appreciate it at the moment more than in the years before,” he continued.
“A nice thing that we will meet with Mesut (Ozil) and Shkodran (Mustafi) colleagues from the national side.”
Arsenal have progressed to the knockout stages of the competition for the 14th consecutive season but have fallen at the first hurdle in the past six attempts.
Despite getting arguably the toughest opponent in the draw, maybe it is time for the tide to turn.
There is no better time is to face Munich. They have uncharacteristically stuttered in Europe and do not have the Bundesliga title wrapped up before Christmas.
With Arsenal’s side at it’s strongest in recent years, we could have a surprise name in the hat for the quarter- final draw in March.