Jack WIlshere says Chelsea’s Champions League win last season can inspire Arsenal when they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The west London side knocked out the likes of Napoli and Barcelona on their way to beating Jupp Heynckes’ team on penalties in last season’s final at Allianz Arena.
And Wilshere is hoping that success can help Arsène Wenger’s men against the German side.
“I think that was an inspiration for everyone,” he said. “They weren’t having a good season and they got a bit lucky in some games but showed great character.
“We need to do that now. We need to come together as a team. We’ve got good leaders here. We’ve got a good team atmosphere here and I think that’s going to help us now."
Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and Wilshere is hoping his team-mates can channel their disappointment into a positive performance against Bayern.
“It’s not ideal to go into a game like that after the loss [against Blackburn] but we have to show our character now,” he said. “We’ve done it before so we know what we can do. We’ve beaten big European teams here before so we need to do that again.
“We need a good defensive display and then we need to counter them well. They’ve got a good defensive unit as well so it’s going to be an interesting game and we look forward to it.
“We’ve got a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They’re winners as well. We’ve got the likes of Podolski and Arteta. Players like that are winners - they want to win.
“The fans are always great, especially in Europe. I think they love the European nights here and we need everybody behind us.''Copyright 2013 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 17 Feb 2013