Thierry Henry has told Arsenal to go and beat Bayern Munich after the two teams were drawn together yet again in the Champions League.
The Gunners were handed a tough draw in the last16, despite topping their group, and will face a side they have met four times in the last five years.
However, Henry says that while he was not surprised to see Arsenal handed a tough draw, the players need to view the game as a challenge.
“I don’t know why I had a feeling they would play Real Madrid or Bayern,” he said via The Metro. “It seems like that’s the way it is.
“But again, I remember when we drew Real Madrid the year we went to the final in 2006 with Arsenal.
“I remember people being like it’s over for Arsenal. And I remember guys saying ah yeah we can be happy because they finished second so we were the so-called first team in the group everybody wanted to play.
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‘But we reached the final and managed to beat Real Madrid. If I was a player now I would take that as a challenge.
“People think we can’t beat them. We played them before, we lost. If you want to win the Champions League you have to at one point, you’ll have to play against Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid or whoever.
“So why not now? They have to go out there and beat them”
While Bayern is not the draw Arsenal will have wanted, there are signs Carlo Ancelotti’s side are not as formidable as in seasons past.
The Bundesliga champions were beaten to top spot by Atletico Madrid and are not as dominant in the league as they have been. They are currently level on points with RB Leipiz at the top of the table in Germany.