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Arsenal doesn't need to fear Germans, says Podolski

By Agence France-Presse in London (China Daily) Updated: 2012-12-22 08:13

Arsenal doesn't need to fear Germans, says Podolski

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski insists the Gunners will have no reason to fear his former club, Bayern Munich, when they clash in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger's team was paired with Bundesliga leader Bayern in Thursday's draw, with the first leg at the Emirates Stadium on Feb 19 and the return at the Allianz Arena in March.

That means a return to Munich for German international Podolski, who spent three seasons at Bayern from 2006.

Arsenal's spluttering form this season means few pundits expect the Premier League side to beat Bayern, who reached the Champions League final last season.

But Podolski believes Arsenal has what it takes to get past one of the tournament favorites.

"They played in the final in 2010 and last year. It is a big club, but we have the chance to win against Bayern Munich," Podolski said.

"They have (Mario) Gomez up front, they have (Franck) Ribery, (Bastian) Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer.

"But there are two matches, one at home (and) one away, so both teams have the chance to win."

(China Daily 12/22/2012 page16)

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