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Arsenal Must Produce ‘Two Perfect Games’ To Beat Bayern Munich, Says Per Mertesacker

Pep Guardiola’s side arrive in the capital having won their last 13 games in a row. 

Experienced Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says that the north London club will need to produce “two perfect games“ if they wish to have any hope of getting the better of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the Uefa Champions League, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The Gunners take on the Champions League holders over two legs in their round-of-16 clash, with the opening fixture coming on Wednesday night at the Emirates.

And even though few neutrals give Arsene Wenger’s side any chance  of causing an upset against opposition who eliminated them from the competition last season, the Germany international says the Gunners are capable to overcoming the Bavarians.

“We have to go for two perfect games against them. We know we can beat them now, so maybe mentally we are in a better condition that last year,“ said the centre back.

“We respected them too much in the first leg then, so it was too easy for them.

“Maybe we have learned something from those lessons and will do better this time.

“Now we have another chance – and an opportunity to beat the champions. We want to achieve something exceptional this season, so we have to beat the best.

“That is not only Manchester City and Chelsea. That is Bayern Munich in the Champions League.”