Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side “are a team that stick together when things don’t go well”.
Wenger’s men face Bayern Munich in Bavaria on Wednesday night looking for an unlikely double having sunk Pep Guardiola’s men 2-0 at The Emirates last month.
Having lost their two opening Group F Champions League games, the Gunners still face a challenge to make the latter stages of the competition despite an impressive victory over top seeds Bayern a fortnight ago.
A Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday aside, Wenger’s side are now on a good run of form and are only being kept off the top of the Barclays Premier League due to Manchester City’s superior goal difference.
Another famous win at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday would put Arsenal into a better position to reach the knock-out stages and Wenger wants to see his players prove they have blossomed into a team who can challenge for the top honours.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Bayern, they are playing extremely well,” said Wenger, who will be without the injured Hector Bellerin on Wednesday night.
“But I think it is a good opportunity for us to show that we are moving forward, that we are up to the test we face tomorrow.
“We have shown that in the first game. What you want is 100 per cent commitment from your players in an intelligent way.
“What we want is a similar performance what we did against them, we have done well here and we just want to do what it takes to make a positive result tomorrow.
“We have done that before, it is the challenge for us. We know what we want to do so let’s concentrate on doing what we want to do.”
Guardiola reckons Arsenal will adapt a long-ball policy, lumping the ball towards Olivier Giroud as they look for a breakthrough.
Giroud has scored in Arsenal’s last two wins over Bayern – including an early effort in their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena in 2013.
The Gunners have not lost on either of their last two trips here as they drew in the round of 16 the following season, although went out on aggregate on both occasions.
But it is victory that Wenger desires on Wednesday as he knows defeat would leave Arsenal teetering on elimination.
“I don’t think it is easy to look for a draw,” he said.
“What we want is to play to win. When you are Arsenal and we have won everywhere in Europe, even here, we will try to win the game. Are Bayern a great team? Yes. But it is a good challenge for us to compete with them.
“We are in a period where we are doing well and that should convince the players we can do something right. We have a good togetherness and I believe we are a team that stick together when things don’t go well.
“A defeat would put us in a very bad position, that is why we don’t want to lose the game.
“We would still have a chance but it would diminish our chance to qualify, the best way is not to get into that position and get points tomorrow night.”