Over the years the team at Arseblog News have made no bones about our collective dislike of Arjen Robben…it, therefore, grates a little to hear him say nice things about Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.
In an ideal world, he’d spout misguided derogatory nonsense and then we’d beat Bayern and bask in the joy of ramming his words back in his weird shaped face.
Perhaps the Dutchman is just feeling cocky because his side is killing it in all competitions while the Gunners have thus far played like maimed donkeys in Europe.
“I haven’t got a problem [with Wenger],” Robben told the Telegraph, despite being accused of diving by the Frenchman when Arsenal last faced Bayern.
“I think he’s unique. To be there for such a long time you are doing a lot of things very, very well. See the players who became better.
“Look at the way Arsenal has developed. In Holland or Germany, they always talk positive about Arsenal. Why? The way they play, no negative football, always positive technical football, wanting to make the game. I think that is big credit to him.”
“I think they have got enough quality,” he continued. “I thought last season they did very well. They won prizes; the FA Cup and the Community Shield.
“They looked very stable and this year they look very strong. I was really surprised to see them lose two Champions League games but, on their good day, I think they can beat any team and we have to be aware.”
Robert Lewandowski, a man who has scored more goals this season than there are stars in the sky, is also wary of Arsenal. That being said, the Pole is also anticipating an open game given the Gunners proclivity for attacking football.
“We are looking forward to this match and Arsenal remain a very strong rival,” he told UEFA.com.
“They haven’t got a point in the Champions League yet, if I’m not mistaken, and they urgently need to start grabbing some. It won’t be an easy opponent to beat.
“Sometimes it’s easier to face a team that enjoys a passing game and who doesn’t just park the bus and defend all the time.
“It might be an interesting fixture and I hope Bayern will be victorious.”
If they are victorious Arsenal will be staring down the barrel of a first Champions League group stage exit since 1999/2000. That was the season we dropped into the UEFA Cup and went all the way to the final before losing to Galatasaray on penalties. Meh.