Arsenal club secretary David Miles admits the Gunners "paid the price" for finishing second in Champions League Group F - by drawing Bayern Munich in the round of 16.
The Emirates outfit finished level on points with Group F winners Borussia Dortmund; due to loss at Napoli in the last outing.
But Arsenal finished second due to their inferior head-to-head record which was superseded Jurgen Klopp's side.
Hence, Miles was left to rue the London club's failure to top the group. "It's obviously going to be a very tough tie," he told Sky Sports.
"We had Bayern last season, Barcelona for two years running so we've had the rough end of the draw [in recent years].
"I think we have paid the price [for finishing second], it's a fact. We would much rather be in the other half of the draw but we are where we are and I'm looking forward to these two matches.
However, Miles gives no chance for pessimism as he believes the Gunners could gun down the highly rated Munich - since they were close to doing that last year.
"We're optimistic, we ran them very close last year," he added. "Don't forget we only lost on away goals. We're hopeful we can come through this one.
"We're top of the Premier League, they are top of the Bundesliga. For me this is the standout tie of the round. It should be two great games of football."
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