Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has called on his team-mates to start strongly against Bayern Munich when the two sides face off in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The runaway Bundesliga leaders are favourites to progress in the last-16 tie, but Arteta believes that if Arsenal can get off to a good start then they are more than able to triumph over both legs.
"The last few big games we missed the first 20-25 minutes and then gave the opposition probably too much respect," Arteta told reporters.
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"The table of the Premier League of first and second 45 minutes is very different. That shows our qualities are very good, because when teams tire a little bit we are able to [score], but also that we are not ready from the off to do what we want right from the start."
Arsenal go into the clash on the back of a shock FA Cup fifth round loss to lower-league Blackburn, which has thrown fresh doubt over Arsene Wenger’s handling of club affairs as a Champions League exit will mark the end of the side's quest for silverware for an eighth season in a row.
But, Arteta insists that the team will play with renewed vigour in such a high-profile clash following the shock defeat on Saturday.
"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," he said.
"We have a great test now and we want to face that with the maximum desire and a positivity around the squad and go out there and win it."