Bayern Draw: Henry Charges Arsenal To Repeat 2006 Feat

By Ikenga Chronicles December 13, 2016

Bayern Draw: Henry Charges Arsenal To Repeat 2006 Feat

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has urged his former club to take away fears and have a repeat of their 2006 Champions League heroics.

As feared by majority of fans, Arsenal were again drawn with Bayern Munich for the round of 16 on Monday.

Both clubs have met four times in five seasons and Bayern knocked the Gunners out at the same stage–quarter finals–in 2013 and 2014, while they met in the group phase of last season’s competition.

But Henry – the club’s all-time record goalscorer – believes Arsenal’s run to the final a decade ago can provide inspiration for the current crop.

“I remember when we drew Real Madrid the year we went to the final in 2006 with Arsenal, I remember people were like, ‘it’s over for Arsenal’,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

“And I remember guys there [at Madrid] going, ‘it’s a good draw, we’re happy’ – they finished second, we finished first in our group. We were the so- called first team that everybody wanted to play.”

“But we managed to reach the final and we 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 against them.”

“If you want to win the Champions League, at one point you’re going to have to play against Bayern Munich, you’ll have to play Barcelona, you’ll have to play Real Madrid … why not now?”

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