Munich - When is lining up on the right flank, shifting a natural centre-back onto the left side of a back four may not be the smartest move, and unsurprisingly it was one the wing wizard took full advantage of during FC Bayern München’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal FC in the UEFA Chamnpions League.

It may not have been the Dutchman’s most dazzling performance in Europe’s premier club competition, but as part of a unrelenting quintet, the 30-year-old wreaked his fair share of havoc up against Thomas Vermaelen, registering three shots on goal, winning more tackles than any other Bayern player and earning his side a late penalty.

Talking to the assembled press after the game, Robben discussed the record titleholders “controlling” performance at the Allianz Arena, his potential return to spot-kick duties and the remaining teams in the competition.

Question: Arjen Robben, it’s the first time you’ve played a UEFA Champions League game on home soil since last October. How enjoyable was it to take on Arsenal FC at the Allianz Arena and book your place in the quarter finals?

Arjen Robben: It’s was fantastic. Simply put, it was a top game. Overall we performed incredibly well, especially in the first half, during which we were in complete control of the game. We can be very satisfied with the result tonight.

Question: As a team, you let a few promising situations go unpunished tonight. Surely, Bayern aren’t running out of steam?

Robben: No I definitely don’t believe that. We played really well in the first half and, had we had a little bit of luck on our side, we may have even taken the lead. But that’s how things are in football. Sometimes two or three of your chances end up in the back of the net and sometimes they don’t. The most important thing for us was to control the game and give very little away. We achieved that tonight.

Question: Was the match tonight a greater challenge compared to what you’ve been experiencing in the Bundesliga recently?

Robben: Not necessarily. Of course, Arsenal are a strong club and in every element of the style of play there’s a difference, whether it be the pace of proceedings or something else. But it’s a good things, it’s good test for us. We want to further improve ourselves and to do that we need to play games like this. I thought we did really well tonight. 1-1 is okay. You expect to win and it almost came off with the late penalty. I think we deserved to win, but in the end it was enough for us to get through.

Question: Will you be putting yourself forward again as Bayern’s first-choice penalty taker?

Robben: We’ve always got a lot of faith in players that are chosen to step up in a spot kick situation. Thomas has failed to convert a penalty tonight, but that happens. He had only just come off the bench, but he wanted to take it and I was happy to let him. I scored one just over a week ago against Schalke. If the coach [Pep Guardiola] wants me to take the next penalty then I’ll be ready.

Question: What do you make of the competition for places in Bayern’s frontline?

Robben: I’m just happy that we’ve got so many talented players on board. The match today was one of the first games this season where we’ve boasted a fully-fit squad, with the exception of Holger [Badstuber]. We’ve always had two or three players injured, so now we’re in a phase that we’ve got to make the most of because everyone’s fit. There’s only one person who has a rough time of it in these situations. That’s the coach. It’s not easy to disappoint people.

Question: What do you make of the teams left in the UEFA Champions League? You’ve got the regular favourites in Real Madrid and Barcelona, but there are some unknown quantities in the form of Atletico Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.

Robben: I don’t think there are any favourites any more. When you’re in the quarter finals of the Champions League then anything can happen. Every team who reaches this stage of the competition has a chance of winning it. In a tournament as competitive as the Champions League all it takes is a bad 30 minutes or a poor first half and it’s game over, which is why we have to maintain our level of performance.

Question: Is there a team you’re hoping to face in the quarter finals?

Robben: Not really. There are going to be eight top teams in the next stage of the competition. It’ll be very interesting to see who gets drawn against who and I’m sure there’ll be a nice surprise for the fans as well.

James Thorogood reporting from the Allianz Arena