Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has dismissed any chance of Arsenal upsetting the odds to progress into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, while insisting that a lot of teams from other countries have caught the English sides up.
Arsenal travel to Munich on Wednesday night looking to somehow avenge and overturn a 3-1 defeat suffered in the first leg a fortnight ago.
But inspirational captain Lahm has written off Arsene Wenger’s side and doesn’t think they are the same force that they used to be.
Cited by Sky Sports, Lahm said: "I'd say they are one of the better teams in Europe but right at the top level? I don't think so.”
Bayern will join fellow German club and Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the hat for the last eight should they progress and, if that is to happen and Arsenal exit the competition, there will be no English clubs in the last eight for the first time since 1996.
Manchester United were knocked out fairly or unfairly by Real Madrid last week while last years Champions League winners Chelsea suffered a shock exit in the group stages with Manchester City suffering the same circumstances.
"It is a surprise to have no English teams in the quarter-finals," Lahm continued.
"They have a strong league and have gone far in the past but a lot of teams have caught up. We are here, Dortmund are here."
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