Wojciech Szczensy has underlined the importance of winning the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

Last season the Gunners were beaten 4-0 by AC Milan at the San Siro, and were knocked out despite winning the return leg 3-0 at Emirates Stadium.

The Polish goalkeeper admits Jupp Heyneckes’ side will pose a major threat, but is confident of claiming a morale-boosting victory.

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 “It would be very important,” he told Arsenal Player. “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.

“Hopefully we can take a lead to their place, because it will be very tough at the Allianz Arena.

“The Arsenal supporters are always fantastic, especially on Champions League nights. It is always a bit more exciting and if we can match the atmosphere with the performance then we will have a good chance of getting a result.

“Bayern are flying in the Bundesliga. They have fantastic individual players like Robbern, Ribery and Neuer in goal. They are very strong but we won't be scared of them.”

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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 18 Feb 2013