By Nik Brumsack

Thomas Vermaelen admits Arsenal will have a tough task on their hands when they take on Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League - but he’s confident the team can progress.

Jupp Heynckes’ side have started the season dominantly, winning their Champions League group and forging a nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Vermaelen is ready for a stern test but believes a lot can happen between now and February 19.

“It’s a tough one but we knew before [that] it doesn’t matter who we drew, it will always be a tough one, especially in the Champions League,” he told Arsenal Player.

“You play against the best teams in Europe. I think it will be a nice game. Bayern Munich are doing well in the German league. They are in first spot so it won’t be easy but I’m looking forward to the game.

“There’s less than two months to go [until] the first game so a lot of things can happen with the team, positively and negatively. We’ll see at that time how it goes. I’m confident we can get the result if we have a good day.

“Most of the time in the Premier League, the one that’s the most consistent wins the league. The Champions League is a tournament. Anything can happen.

“It’s only about two games, one an away game. You need a bit of luck in the tournament as well so we’ll see how far we can get.”

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