Arsène Wenger believes it will work in Arsenal’s favour to be underdogs for their Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The German side are 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and have only lost once in 22 league games this season.

What is important is that when you play to win a competition, at some stage you have to play a big team

Wenger remains confident his side will get off to a strong start in the first leg on Tuesday night and will surprise some observers.

“We are the underdogs - you just need to read the English press to understand that,” the Frenchman said.

“We have pressure because we want to do well and we want to win. I believe that whether you are favourites or underdogs, what counts is to play well, make a good pass when you have the ball and defend well when you don't have the ball. All the rest, in our job, you have to take a distance from it.

“What is important is that when you play to win a competition, at some stage you have to play a big team.

"If I listen to your questions, we are not favourites but I trust our quality, our spirit and our mental strength. So see you tomorrow!”

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