Jack Wilshere has urged his Arsenal team-mates not to let Bayern Munich run away with the game when they go head to head this evening.
The teams meet for the first leg of their last 16 Champions League showdown at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal were effectively knocked out at the same stage against the German giants after the first leg last season.
Then, Bayern ran out 3-1 winners at the Emirates Stadium, although Arsenal fought back in the second leg to claim a shock 2-0 victory.
Wilshere is hoping to avoid a repeat this time round, and has called on his Arsenal team-mates to be on their game from the first whistle.
"We have all spoken about the importance of staying in the tie this time," he told reporters yesterday.
“Even if it’s 0-0 at the Emirates we’ll still have a big chance of qualifying because the away goal is massively important when it comes to these big games.
“We found that out last year when we went out on away goals so this time we have to be a bit more intelligent and make sure we are still in contention for the second leg.
“We were a bit nervous going into the Emirates game last year because we’d just lost at home to Blackburn in the FA Cup and there was a lot of tension in the stadium.
“We conceded a couple of early goals against Bayern but once we calmed down we took the game to them and created some chances.
“But then they scored a lucky third goal late on and that killed us a bit.
“So this year we will be intelligent going into the game. First of all we will work on our defensive duties and then we will play.”
The Gunners face an even tougher task this time round however; under new boss Pep Guardiola, Bayern are unbeaten in the Bundesliga after 21 games and are aiming to become the first team to retain their Champions League crown.
Arsenal at least go into the game on the back of a good win having gained revenge for their league thrashing against Liverpool with a 2-1 FA Cup win over Brendan Rodgers' side last weekend.
"The Champions League is the pinnacle for any player and luckily at Arsenal we get to play in it every year," Wilshere continued.
“The big games like this are what we all work for.
“I remember my first big test a few years ago when we beat Barcelona and it was probably the best game of my career to date.
“These are the games you want to be involved in and we will definitely be ready for tomorrow.
“It will be a different game this time and I think our good form in the Premier League this season will help us.
“OK, we lost to Liverpool but before that we were on a good run. We have brilliant at home this season and we need to make that count tomorrow.
“We have a great team spirit at Arsenal. We are all friends on and off the pitch and we show that we want to fight for each other in every game.
“It’s been a long time since we last won a trophy but we’ve shown this season that we can win games even when we didn’t play our best and that shows the spirit is there.”
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