This is what Harry Kane said about him facing Arsenal in UCL back in 2018

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Harry Kane has already discussed his desire to play Arsenal in the Champions League.

The Champions League quarterfinal matchup between the Gunners and Bayern Munich was announced on Friday. Harry Kane will play in north London for the first time since he successfully negotiated a summer transfer from Tottenham to the Bavarian powerhouse.

Naturally, Kane participated in 19 games versus Arsenal prior to his transfer, taking home seven victories and suffering five defeats. In addition, the England captain has recorded three assists and fourteen goals against the team.

Kane has, in fact, consistently outperformed Tottenham’s opponents in north London, despite his previous claims that he still harbours resentment towards the Gunners for rejecting him as a young player.

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Speaking to Sky Sports in 2018, Kane said: “I remember the first time we played against Arsenal [for Tottenham’s academy] and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.

“It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought: ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.

“Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.”

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In the semi-final, the winner of the match between Real Madrid and Manchester City will face the winner of Arsenal vs Bayern.

In other quarterfinal matches, Borussia Dortmund will play Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona will play Paris Saint-Germain. The quarterfinals’ first legs take place on April 9 and 10, with the rematches taking place on April 16 and 17.

In the meantime, the second-leg ties are set for May 7 and 8, and the semi-finals are set for April 30 and May 1.

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