MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 10: David Alaba of Bayern looks on during the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on December 10, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The European Champions League is always an exciting competition, pitting Europe’s elite against each other. With the group stage now complete and the last 16 matches drawn, Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is overjoyed with the chance to play Arsenal.

In a recent interview with  FourFourTwo, the Austrian revealed how he supported the Gunners as a child.

“For me, games against Arsenal are always beautiful because in my childhood they were my favourite team.

“Playing in London is also fantastic – almost as good as the Allianz Arena.”

This meeting will be the fourth time the sides have played each other with the last result going Bayern’s way after a 5-1 demolishing of the North London side in Munich.

Each time the teams have met at this stage of the Champions League, the German champions have always progress, which gives the German’s a positive mindset going into this last 16 clash,

Currently, Bayern is locked in an intense title battle for the first time in years, with the newly promoted RB Leipzig challenging the German champions.

Leipzig suffered their first defeat last weekend which allowed Bayern to return to the top of the table on goal-difference. However, the Bundesliga is far from settled.

When asked about his side’s title rivals, the 24-year-old said he believed that Leipzig is one of the teams in the Bundesliga that can challenge Munich’s dominance.

“Leipzig play very, very good football and have had success this way. RB won’t make it easy for us, and Dortmund will be another competitor.

“We’ll see in the second half of the season.”