Arsenal star identifies Bayern Munich weakness

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Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has insisted that the Gunners are eminently capable of causing Bayern Munich problems in tonight's Champions League showdown at the Emirates, if they can exploit defensive deficiencies in the German giant's make-up.

Arsene Wenger's side came up short against the treble winners over two legs in the last 16 a year ago despite a 2-0 win in the Allianz Arena, but this season's draw for the Champions League knockout stages has thrown up an instant opportunity for revenge.

Arteta is suspended for this evening's first leg but is adamant that Arsenal can make home advantage count in his absence, if they play without fear and prepare to target Bayern's backline when given the opportunity.

The Spanish star told Arsenal's official website: "We have to have respect them but we can't be frightened, we can't play with fear.

"They won't like coming here, coming to the Emirates is a difficult ground. They've got a complete team but again I think they face some issues at the back which I'm sure we can exploit.

"If we can keep a clean sheet, it's massive."

Arsenal are without Arteta tonight due to a red card against Napoli in the Champions League group stages, with Jack Wilshere widely expected to take his place alongside Mathieu Flamini in a holding midfield role.

The Gunners face a daunting prospect to knock out the defending Champions League holders over two legs, with Pep Guardiola's side arriving at the Emirates with an unbeaten domestic run that now stretches to 46 matches.

Wenger's men should be buoyed by a vital FA Cup victory over Liverpool last weekend though, which saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain star in a 2-1 win that keeps the Gunners fighting on three fronts in the search for silverware.

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