Wilshere hoping to imitate Chelsea's Champions League charge

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Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal can find inspiration in Chelsea's march towards Champions League glory last season and pull off a shock of their own in European football's premier competition, starting with victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Arsenal's last realistic chance of silverware this season was seemingly lost when they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the 5th round by Championship side Blackburn on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's men were knocked out of the League Cup by Bradford in December, and trail Premier League leaders Manchester United by 21 points.

That means the Gunners look on course to end an 8th consecutive season without a trophy - unless they can pull off an unlikely charge for glory in the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger's men take on Bayern Munich in the last-16 tomorrow, with most experts placing the in-form Bundesliga giants as favourites to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Despite their status as underdogs, Wilshere believes Arsenal can copy Chelsea and reach the final despite their mediocre domestic form.

"Chelsea are an inspiration for everyone. They weren't having a good season and, okay, they got a bit lucky in some games," said Wilshere.

"But they showed great character and we need to do that. We need to come together as a team.

"We have good leaders here, a good team atmosphere. That will help us.

"We have a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They're winners as well, the likes of Lukas Podolski and Mikel Arteta. They want to win.

"We know what Bayern are capable of. They have a great team. We need everyone behind us and we go again.

"We have beaten big European teams here before so now we need to do it again."

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