Bayern will not underestimate Arsenal again, says Hitzfeld

Updated: Dec 17, 2013, 17:33 PM IST

Zurich: Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has stressed that the Bundesliga champions will not take the Champions League round of 16 tie against Arsenal lightly.

The Gunners were beaten 3-1 in the home leg in last season`s encounter but came close to stunning the eventual winners when they won 2-0 at the Allianz Arena in the second leg, ultimately losing out to the German champions on away goals.

Hitzfeld has acknowledged the quality at Arsene Wenger`s disposal but believes the Bavarians will have learned from their complacency in the 2012-13 encounter.

"Of course, Arsenal are a top team, but Bayern know them very well. They seemed to underestimate them in last year`s second leg, but that will not happen again," Hitzfeld told AZ.

"Bayern will have learned from last year`s mistakes.

"Arsenal might have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, but Bayern will progress."