Mikel Arteta has urged his Arsenal team-mates to come out firing when they tackle Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and not show the German giants too much respect.
The Champions League represents Arsenal's only hope of ending their eight-year trophy drought this season, with Arsene Wenger’s side currently only fifth in the Premier League and out of the FA Cup after the humiliating defeat at home to Blackburn at the weekend.
But the Gunners face a daunting task in the last 16 against Bayern, who are 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, having conceded just seven league goals all season.
Arteta, however, is convinced his side can silence the doubters with a big performance in the first leg of their clash at the Emirates – so long as they attack from the outset.
“In the last few big games we have missed the first 20 to 25 minutes and given opponents too much respect,” said the Spaniard.
“We want a different scenario against Bayern, to get into the game and show we want to win it. It is one of those games that everyone is ready to play and it is a pleasure to play for this club at this level.
“We have a great chance, we are playing a good team but we are a very good team as well. We are very positive and can’t wait for the game to come and give a good performance.
“It gives you extra motivation because you are facing top players and a top club and you want to show how good you are against them.
“We have a great test and we want to face that with the maximum desire and a positiveness around the squad and go out there and win it."