Per Mertesacker says Arsenal must be inspired by last season’s game in Munich when they face Bayern again next month.

The Gunners face an uphill battle to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 2-0 home defeat on Wednesday night.

But having won at the Allianz Arena last March, Mertesacker sees no reason why there could not be a repeat performance this time around.

It is a little blow but if you look back to last year, we lost 3-1 and so we are looking forward to Munich - why can we not repeat what happened last year?

Per Mertesacker

“We started really well, we deserved one goal at least but we dropped back after the red card and our [task] was even more difficult,” he said.

“We kept our defensive spirit for nearly 90 minutes but you remember Munich are a fantastic team, they play possession very well.

“It is a little blow but if you look back to last year, we lost 3-1 and so we are looking forward to Munich - why can we not repeat what happened last year?

“We have to switch on quickly again on Saturday in an important game in the Premier League and get the three points and after that we have a little break.

"We need that because we have played a lot of games. Our team has great spirit and will come back from this.”

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 19 Feb 2014