Beaten Bayern relishing Arsenal tie

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm said on Thursday that he was delighted that last year's beaten finalists have drawn Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Bavarian giants lost the 2012 final in May to Chelsea on penalties at their own ground but travel to North London to face Arsenal on February 19 before hosting the return leg on March 13.

Bayern's director of sport Matthias Sammer described it as a "highly attractive knock-out round match" while Lahm said he was looking forward to running out at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium -- and to see his Germany team-mates.

"That's a good draw, I am looking forward to seeing Poldi (Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski) and Per (Mertesacker, Arsenal's centre-back) again, it's always something special to meet national team-mates," said Lahm.

"Arsenal are another team I have never played against and never run out in their stadium.

"All of us, and especially our fans, can look forward to a good atmosphere. We have our chances of advancing again and if we show our quality, we'll make it."

All three Bundesliga clubs -- Bayern, Schalke 04 and German champions Borussia Dortmund -- won their respective Champions League groups. Schalke face Turkish side Galatasary but Dortmund have a tough draw against Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk.

For the first time, seven German clubs were involved in the Champions League and Europa League draws, which both took place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The pick of those ties sees Borussia Moenchengladbach play Lazio.


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