Podolski relishes Bayern test

Lukas Podolski is confident that Arsenal can get the better of Bayern Munich when the two sides meet in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Last Updated: 21/12/12 at 11:58 Post Comment

Lukas Podolski: German striker will be aiming to prove a point against his old c

Lukas Podolski: German striker will be aiming to prove a point against his old c

The Gunners were handed the tough test of facing the 2012 runners-up when the draw was made in Nyon on Thursday.

Germany striker Podolski will be especially keen to put one over his old club, where he spent an unhappy three years before joining Cologne in 2009.

"They are a big club - they played in the final in 2010 and last year - but we have a chance to win," insisted the 27-year-old.

"They have a very good team with big players. Mario Gomez up front, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer.

"But there are two matches, home and away, and we have a chance to win."

Podolski is equally confident that Arsenal can overturn their inconsistent domestic form and mount a challenge for the Premier League title.

"Man United are in front, we have 15 points to first place and it's tough but the season is long. When we fight, play our game and don't lose stupid points we can go from fourth to first place."

Rest

While Arsenal face up to the traditionally busy festive fixture programme, with the FA Cup to follow, Bayern will shortly go into the winter break afforded to German teams.

However Podolski's fellow countryman Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal can turn schedule to their advantage.

"It's a long period for us while all the German teams will have a winter break and a rest," said Mertesacker.

"They only conceded seven league goals in the first half of the season but we will see what happens in February.

"We hope we can get into a good rhythm to face them and be a strong squad. Maybe it's a good opportunity for us to face them in February because we will be in our rhythm

"We have a lot of potential and Bayern know they will face an Arsenal squad which will be strong in February."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company