Bayern Munich striker: Arsenal still in Champions League tie

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Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has insisted Arsenal can still win next week's Champions League tie, despite the Bundesliga leaders holding a two-goal aggregate cushion.

Croatian international Mandzukic scored in Bayern's 3-1 first-leg victory at the Emirates last month, but believes the Bavarians' passage to the Champions League last eight is not safe yet.

Though, the 26-year-old told Bayern Munich's official website he is confident that a repeat performance would see them through.

"A lot of people think we're already through to the next round," he said. "But anything can happen in football.

"Provided we play the way we did in London we need have no worries. Nevertheless, if we concede an early goal, it could be dangerous."

Mandzukic, who has been Bayern's leading man this season ahead of the prolific Mario Gomez, scored the final goal of the 3-1 win, after Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller had given the German giants a 2-0 half-time lead. Lukas Podolski scored for Arsenal to give the Gunners hope.

Mandzukic said of his goal: "I'm obviously delighted about the goal, partly because it was an odd one. The press were saying I lacked a goal in the Champions League, but I never let it get to me. The only thing that ever matters to me is winning."

The Croatian has scored 15 goals in 18 league starts for the runaway Bundesliga leaders, since his €13million summer move from Wolfsburg, but his goal against the Gunners was his first in five in the Champions League.

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