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Mikel Arteta explains what to expect from Arsenal against Bayern Munich

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has expressed his team’s readiness to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is bracing his team for a formidable challenge as the six-time European champions descend upon north London in the highly-anticipated Champions League quarter-final showdown against Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich travels to London after back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga, marking a potential end to their 11-year dominance in German football with Bayern Leverkusen poised to snatch the title. However, with their Champions League campaign representing their sole opportunity for silverware this season, Arteta expects Bayern to come out with guns blazing.

Reflecting on Bayern’s roster brimming with Europe’s top talents, Arteta stresses the necessity of showing respect towards the German giants.

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“Football is such a competitive environment and so difficult to be consistent that this can happen to anybody,” remarked Arteta. “Regardless of where they are, you always have to expect that they play in their best possible way and be prepared to outperform them.”

Arteta commended Bayern Munich under the management of Thomas Tuchel, acknowledging their status as a top-tier team. Despite the challenge, he stated Arsenal’s meticulous preparation and determination to seize control of the game.

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“They’re a tough team. I’m a big fan, a big admirer of Thomas [Tuchel], his teams, the way they settle and play, the way they transmit. I learn a lot about him, and looking at Bayern when you are analysing this league, you see why they are a top team. We have prepared very well, and we have to take our game where we want it. If we do that, we have a chance to win.”

The return of Harry Kane to north London has fueled anticipation, but Arteta urges against fixating solely on one player, stressing the depth of quality within Bayern’s ranks.

“When you look at his numbers over the last 10 years, it’s unbelievable what he’s done,” Arteta commented on Kane’s prolific scoring record. “He can score in many different ways, he’s got the service, he’s got the players around him as well to provide those opportunities and this is what we have to try to avoid.”

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