Thomas Muller backs Bayern Munich to avenge defeat to Arsenal

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Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller is confident they can win the reverse fixture against Arsenal, after their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates ended their unbeaten start to the season.

Two late goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil secured the Gunners' first points in Group F, having lost their first two games away at Dinamo Zagreb and home to Olympiakos. Now Muller wants to use their home advantage to ensure they finish top of the group.

In the post-match press conference, Muller said: "We lead our group and have a home game. We know it won't be easy - it is the same team who beat us.


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"Only the location changes, but we know that we are strong at home. With the fan support, we can come away with more points than we did here,"

Gunners back in contention

Despite both sides going into the European tie with good form in their respective leagues, Arsenal were bottom of the group after completing the first two games without a point, while Bayern's 100% record positioned them top.

Few would have predicted Arsene Wenger's side could defeat the group's toughest opponents, even if they were the home side. However, the Gunners are now well back in contention for reaching the round of 16.

Bayern are joint favourites with current champions Barcelona to win the Champions League in 2016, but Muller knows his side must be at their very best if he is to win the European crown again after 2013's success.

Muller added: "Football at this level is never a clear thing. It is always close. We had the game under control, especially in the part of the game where they scored.

"All in all we did more right than we did wrong but in sport you can always lose."

Muller defends Neuer

Giroud bundled home Arsenal's first goal in the second half to the surprise home fans, who would have gone into the game with scarce optimism. However, the opener didn't come without a large portion of good fortune, the spotlight and responsibility heavily falling on Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

But, Muller defended his compatriot: "Manuel is confident enough and also I don't blame him. He kept us in the game once or twice and these kinds of situations are never easy."

Muller's Bayern side will look to maintain their 100% start in the Bundesliga, before they face Arsenal again at the Allianz Arena on November 4.

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