By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger admits Bayern Munich will pose a stiff test for Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League, but insists his team have the quality to progress.

The German side, beaten in last season’s final by Chelsea, have started the campaign in ominous form and lead the Bundesliga by nine points going into the new year.

Wenger grew up on the border of Germany and knows all about Bayern, but he is confident his team can go through if they play to their potential.

“It is a big challenge, but I believe we can do it,” Wenger told the Official Matchday Programme.

“They have played in two of the last three finals. But now Chelsea have been knocked out, who won the European Cup, in the group stage, so why should we not kick out Bayern if we put in good performances and [have] everybody available? I think we have a chance to do it.

“We [my family] lived on the border of Germany and we were much more influenced by German football. At the time Bayern were Beckenbeur, Mueller, Hoeness. They won the European Cup three times, you remember that because they played against Leeds in one of the finals.

“They were the example to follow at the time, Bayern and Moenchengladbach. They had fantastic teams.”

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29 Dec 2012