Champions League: Arsenal deserved draw, says Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben admitted Arsenal deserved a draw on Tuesday, but then looked ahead in the Champions League.
Last Updated: 21/03/14 11:27am
As expected, the reigning European champions progressed through to the quarter-finals by knocking out Arsene Wenger's Gunners at the Allianz Arena.
However, it was not entirely plain sailing for Bayern. Although they extended their advantage to three goals when Bastian Schweinsteiger netted his first goal since October after 55 minutes of the second leg, Lukas Podolski quickly equalised for the visitors.
Both sides then had chances to go ahead on the night which made for an entertaining second half. Bayern fluffed their best opportunity in stoppage time when Lukas Fabianski saved Thomas Muller's penalty, awarded after Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have fouled Robben in the box.
Afterwards, Robben told Sky Sports: "They (Arsenal) have a very good team, they have a lot of quality on the pitch.
"If you give them the ball, they can play and cause you troubles. The main thing for us was to keep ball possession and to control the game.
"And that's what we did in the first half. We played really well, created chances and with a bit more luck, we should have scored a goal.
"In the second half, we scored and looked in a comfortable position.
"But then, for five or 10 minutes, we lost a little control. We recovered though, and in the end it was a deserved draw and we go through."
Robben insists Bayern will never rest on their laurels as they look to dominate the continent's top competition once more.
"We try to improve ourselves," added Robben. "We've got a very good manager (Pep Guardiola) who gives 100% in every training session and every game.
"You play to win titles and we also want to improve. We have a great squad and for me personally, it's an honour to play in this big team. You always try to make steps forward."
Robben laughed when asked if he was hoping for a quarter-final against his old club Chelsea.
"It's going to be interesting anyway," said the Netherlands international.
"There are eight big teams in the quarter-finals. All the favourites seem to be going through, although maybe Man United have it difficult. For the spectators, it will be interesting games."