Giroud - We know we can beat big teams

Olivier Giroud is confident that Arsenal can beat an “unstoppable” Barcelona side.

Luis Enrique’s men are unbeaten in 32 games in all competitions, while their front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have already scored 91 goals this season.

Bayern Munich were in a similar vein of form before Arsenal beat them at Emirates Stadium in October, and Giroud says that victory will give the Gunners confidence ahead of Tuesday’s last-16 first-leg against Barcelona.

“We would love to beat them because they look unstoppable,” he said. “We need to play our best game all together and at 100 per cent. Otherwise we’re not going to play this game and we’re going to lose it.

“We are confident, we need to be confident and play the Arsenal way. We did well against Munich. We know that we can beat big teams but there is one thing for sure: we need to be at 100 per cent and be determined.

“We just need to focus and give 100 per cent all together with good team cohesion. After that we will put what we need into this game - a lot of commitment and determination. We managed that against Bayern and that will help us to win.

“We did very well against Olympiacos to qualify as it was very hard. We are looking forward to playing Barcelona who are maybe the best team in the world today. We are going to play our game.”

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