Mikel Arteta believes that an early Arsenal goal could change the whole psychology of Tuesday night’s game against Bayern Munich.

The Gunners trail 2-0 from the first leg at Emirates Stadium, but will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s result in Germany when they won by the same scoreline.

Olivier Giroud’s third-minute strike in that game stunned the Allianz Arena and Arteta is hoping for a similar situation this time around.

“Last year’s [win in Germany] does create more belief that the result is possible,” the vice-captain said.

“It is vital that we score a goal. Obviously [if we do] the game changes and the psychological game starts and that is where we could have an advantage.

“It is a tough place to come but we believe and we have been fighting the whole season to be in the Champions League and we don’t want to throw it away.

“We will do our maximum to make it as difficult as we can and of course you can win any game 2-0 and this is no different.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 10 Mar 2014