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Rummenigge on Arsenal

FCB aim to maintain 'wonderful start'

One day after the team’s departure for London, the FC Bayern board of directors, sponsors and VIP fans also travelled to the English capital. “We want points in London and in the return leg in Munich to get where we want to be: right at the top of the table,” announced chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at Munich airport before the late morning flight.

The Bundesliga leaders want to maintain their excellent start to the Champions League group stage. “We've started with two wonderful games, claiming six points with a goal difference of 8-0. We have to prove ourselves in London now.” But there is a lot of respect for Arsenal, who are without a point so far: “They’re second in the Premier League. That's enough evidence that Arsenal have a top quality team,” the FCB chairman warned.

'It's a little odd'

Accordingly, the Bavarians will take their opponents “very, very seriously,” Rummenigge stated. It is “a little odd” that the Gunners sit at the bottom of Group F at the moment, commented the chairman. But this does not change the Reds' goals. “We want to play well and come away with something for our efforts, but we also know it won't be easy.”

The team travelled to London on Sunday evening, partly in order to avoid traffic problems in the capital of England. The idea is for the Bayern pros to be relaxed and free of travel weariness for the final training session after the press conference on Monday evening.

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