Mikel Arteta ready for ‘special night’ ahead of Champions League clash against Bayern Munich

It’s been 15 years since Arsenal last competed in a Champions League quarter-final. In the 2009/10 season, the Gunners were then eliminated by Barcelona. Now, they have an excellent opportunity against a Bayern Munich side that has conceded defeat in the Bundesliga title race.

No Bayern Munich fans will be allowed into the stadium on Tuesday after UEFA imposed a ban following pyrotechnics in their clash against Lazio, meaning a full house for the hosts.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s tie, Arteta was asked on the atmosphere at the Emirates: “A full house, and a lot of passion and emotion. We haven’t had this opportunity for 15 years so that tells you how special this night is going to be for us. We are going to have put everything into every ball to make it happen.”

Bayern Munich are 16 points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga title race with six games remaining, but in the Champions League, everyone knows the threat that the Meisterschale pose.

“We have a big task ahead of us against one of the successful teams in Europe. That’s the hurdle we have to overcome and we are really looking forward to it,” added Arteta.

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