Berlin (AFP) – Evergreen Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich must raise their game for Wednesday’s key Champions League clash against Arsenal with time running out for him to again lift the European trophy.
The 33-year-old scored Bayern’s winning goal in the 2013 final at Wembley to seal the 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
He has a Bayern contract until June 2018, but time is running out for the injury-prone Dutch winger to get his hands on the Champions League trophy again.
“I am happy to play Bayern one more year,” he said in January after signing a one-year extension.
“The team is one of the best in the world.”
After winning the English and Spanish league titles at Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively, Robben has been with Bayern since 2009, lifting the Bundesliga trophy on five occasions and the German Cup four times.
His best season with Bayern was the golden 2012/13 campaign.
He was a key figure with 13 goals in 31 games when Bayern became the first German club to win the treble of European, domestic club and league titles and won the Bundesliga with a 19-point margin.
Robben scored in both the 4-0 home semi-final rout of Barcelona and the 3-0 away victory at the Camp Nou on golden nights for the Bavarians.
Since then, Robben and Bayern have endured semi-final exits in Europe by Barcelona, Real Madrid and then Atletico Madrid in each of the last three seasons under Pep Guardiola.
This season, under the Catalan’s successor Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern are currently seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
But Robben is concerned by lacklustre recent performances in 2-1 league wins at both Freiburg and Werder Bremen, then a 1-1 home draw with Schalke before needing two late goals to see off struggling Ingolstadt.
He netted 60 seconds after Arturo Vidal’s 90th-minute goal to get Bayern out of jail with a 2-0 win last Saturday at relegation-threatened Ingolstadt.
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“If we want to win something this season, we will have to play differently,” he said at Ingolstadt.
“If we don’t play better against Arsenal, it will be very difficult.”