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Lahm writes off Arsenal

Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm has written off Arsenal's chances of reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals by dismissing them as no longer one of Europe's top clubs.

Last Updated: 13/03/13 at 18:59 Post Comment

Philipp Lahm: Writes off Arsenal as no longer one of Europe's top clubs

Philipp Lahm: Writes off Arsenal as no longer one of Europe's top clubs

The two teams meet in Germany on Wednesday night, when Arsenal need to produce what would be a remarkable comeback from a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

But Bayern captain Lahm does not think Arsene Wenger's side are a force to be reckoned with anymore.

"I'd say they are one of the better teams in Europe but right at the top level? I don't think so," said Lahm.

Bayern will join Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals if they knock out Arsenal while there could be no English club in the last eight for the first time since 1996.

"It is a surprise to have no English teams in the quarter-finals," said Lahm.

"They have a strong league and have gone far in the past but a lot of teams have caught up. We are here, Dortmund are here."

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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