Last Updated: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:11
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczensy believes it is vital that his side secure a first-leg victory against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The Gunners host the German giants in the first-leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on Tuesday and Szczesny feels they must have a lead to defend when they travel to the Allianz Arena for the second-leg.
Szczesny remains optimistic Arsenal can take advantage of a home first-leg, although he concedes it would be better if the first-leg was in Germany.
Last season the Gunners suffered a 4-0 first-leg defeat to AC Milan at the San Siro, leaving them with too much to do in the second-leg despite a 3-0 victory at the Emirates.
"Ideally you would like to play the first leg away from home and then take the second leg to the Emirates, but we may get a decent advantage like AC Milan did against us last season," he told the Arsenal Player.
"Hopefully we can take a lead to their place, because it will be very tough at the Allianz Arena."
Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers at the weekend but punters may wish to use their free bet to back the Gunners on Tuesday despite their demoralising cup loss as Szczesny insists they are confident of getting a result against the Bundesliga heavyweights.
He added: "Bayern are flying in the Bundesliga. They have fantastic individual players like (Arjen) Robben, (Franck) Ribery and (Manuel) Neuer in goal. They are very strong but we won't be scared of them."
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