Arsène Wenger believes that beating Bayern Munich would see his Arsenal side become a “completely different animal”.

The Gunners trail the Bundesliga leaders 3-1 on aggregate ahead of Wednesday night’s second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

While the Frenchman accepts they face a tough task at the Allianz Arena, he insists a surprise victory could have far-reaching consequences for his team.

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“I have great belief in the quality of my players,” Wenger said. “When I look individually at this team, they have a fantastic attitude.

“We are in the opposite situation to Bayern a little bit. I am convinced that if this team can find a big game, with a big win, you will see a completely different animal.

“This season we have fought to find that in the big games and we have another opportunity on Wednesday night and I hope the team takes this chance.

“I have a great respect for this team and its attitude and they have not been rewarded yet. It is important for the end to our season that we do it.”

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Rob Kelly 12 Mar 2013