Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says history gives his side belief they can overcome Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.
who lead 2-0
going into the second leg of the last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena, are bidding to become the first team to retain the trophy.
Arsenal went out to Bayern on the away goals rule last season, losing 3-1 at home but
winning 2-0 in Munich.
“We know we can do it, because we have already done it (before),” said Wenger.
Bayern enjoyed a record 16th straight Bundesliga win on Saturday as their
6-1 drubbing of Wolfsburg
left them 20 points ahead at the top of the table.
They won the German league, cup and Champions League treble last season, and have not lost in the league for 49 matches, a run dating back to October 2012.
Wenger said: “It is a possible task, that is the most important thing. My team has quality and ambition. History is important in our belief.
“The way to win is to produce a top-level performance and turn up with quality and belief.
“The statistics are against us, but
we have won 5-1 at Inter,
we have won everywhere in Europe. We have had a few good nights in Europe but it would be absolutely great (if we won tomorrow).”
Pep Guardiola’s side beat Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on 19 February with second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, following an early Mesut Ozil penalty miss and the first-half sending off of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Wenger accused the referee of “killing the game” in a
and has called for the referee to be clever enough to spot any “tricks” on Tuesday.
He watched his side play most of their
2006 Champions League final defeat against Barcelona
with 10 men after a red card for goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.
And he saw striker
Robin van Persie sent off
as the Gunners went out of the competition against Barca in the Nou Camp in 2011.
He said: “We have played a few times with 10 men in Europe and always under very special circumstances – in the Champions League final, now against Bayern.
“When we played at Barcelona when we were in a position to qualify (in 2011), it was a second yellow card and the only time I have seen that since I (have) watched European football, when (Robin) van Persie was sent off (for kicking the ball away), so I hope tomorrow we get a fair chance to play with 11 against 11 until the end.
“What we want is a good referee – and the closer they are to the tough leagues, the more chances they have to detect the tricks that can decide the game. But that is the same for Bayern, because I talk about my players and the Bayern players.”
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