Arjen Robben says Arsenal’s positivity means they are well respected in Europe and the Bayern Munich winger believes the Gunners can be a match for anyone.
Bayern arrived in London on Sunday ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash at the Emirates, which is now a must-win encounter for Arsene Wenger’s side after their two opening defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos.
In contrast, Bayern sit at the top of Group F with six points, eight goals scored and none conceded. Pep Guardiola also retain a 100 per cent record in the Bundesliga after nine matches.
Robben, though, still remains wary of Arsenal, and the former Chelsea winger believes the Gunners can beat any team in Europe on their day.
“I think they have got enough quality,” Robben told the Telegraph. “I thought last season they did very well. They won prizes; the FA Cup and the Community Shield. They looked very stable and this year they look very strong.
“I was really surprised to see them lose two Champions League games but, on their good day, I think they can beat any team and we have to be aware.”
Robben says he holds no grudge against Wenger, despite the Arsenal boss describing the Dutchman as “a very good diver” after Bayern knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League last year.
“If they lose some managers are disappointed and not always fair and realistic,” he said. “Maybe one week after, they say: ‘OK, maybe it was wrong what I said.’ But I haven’t got a problem.
“I think he’s unique. To be there for such a long time you are doing a lot of things very, very well. See the players who became better.
“Look at the way Arsenal has developed. In Holland or Germany, they always talk positive about Arsenal. Why? The way they play, no negative football, always positive technical football, wanting to make the game. I think that is big credit to him.”