Vermaelen confident Arsenal can beat Bayern Munich in Champions League

The Belgian is confident of victory on a "good day", while Per Mertesacker has called for improvements in form during the lead up to the first leg on February 19

Thomas Vermaelen is confident Arsenal can beat Bayern Munich after being paired with the German table-toppers in Thursday's Champions League last-16 draw.

Jupp Heynckes' men are currently nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga however the centre-back argues that the level of quality in the competition means that no tie would have been easy.

"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," the 27-year-old told Arsenal Player.

"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.

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"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."

Vermaelen's defensive partner, Per Mertesacker, also feels that the Londoners have ample time to prepare for the clash, indicating that they must find consistency in their domestic season, while their opponents are on a winter break, to get into a "rhythm" before the tie.

"We will face a good team in Germany," added the former Werder Bremen defender. "They are top of their league and went through to the knockout stage in a phenomenal way.

"Maybe it's a good opportunity for us to face them in February because we will be in our rhythm. We will hopefully go through the Christmas period in a strong way. We can do that.

"We have to be consistent until then. We have to show that it's not only our potential which makes us a good side. We have to get good results until the next Champions League game.

"It's a long period for us and the German teams have a little break and a little rest. We will see what happens in February. But we hope we can get into a good rhythm to face them."