MANAGER Arsene Wenger sees no reason why Arsenal cannot pull off another shock result when they look to upset Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena once again tonight.
The Gunners head out to Bavaria looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, and taking on a team who are rampant at the top of the Bundesliga. Wenger, though, insists his side, buoyed by their FA Cup quarter-final win over Everton, should be confident of a repeat performance from last season, when they produced a remarkable performance in Munich to win 2-0 and exit the competition only on away goals.
"History is important in your belief. We have done it before, so we know we can do it because we have done it," said Wenger, who will be without suspended goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny following his red card in the first leg, while full-back Kieran Gibbs has a calf injury.
"It is a possible task, that is the most important thing for us.
"I believe my team has quality and ambition, and I believe do we produce a top level performance, then we can do it. Our way to do it is to produce a top level performance and we will focus on that.
"We must turn up with quality and with belief and that is what we will do.
"Bayern, at the moment, are the team of course who are full of confidence because they are doing well, but we have a great opportunity to do it.
"I am absolutely confident that, mentally, we will be ready to play at our best.
"The statistics are against us, but we have also won 5-1 at Inter Milan, we have won everywhere in Europe. If we are winning 1-0 for example, then it makes the (final) result absolutely possible, so that is what we try to do.
"We do not have to be nervous and impatient, just to focus on the performance of our game."
Wenger accepts Arsenal cannot leave themselves too exposed against Pep Guardiola's free-scoring side.
"We know we have to attack, but we know as well that we have to defend, so I have to find the right balance because Bayern are a good team going forwards," he said.