Revealed: Guardiola explains how he'll stifle Arsenal at Emirates

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Bayern Munich manager respects Arsene Wenger but talks a good fight in answering any attacking questions posed by the Gunners in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola is one of the few managers in world football who has a winning record against Arsene Wenger.

All of Guardiola's positive results against the Arsenal boss, though, were scored in his prior managerial occupancy at Barcelona, where he achieved two victories, one draw and one loss against the Gunners and, on Wednesday, February 19, the three-time Champions League winner attempts to claim his first win over Wenger in his latest role as Bayern Munich boss.

'I have a lot of respect [for Arsene],' Guardiola is quoted to have said to reporters, as told by Goal. 'His teams have his quality and I have to admire the quality of my opponents.'

Arsenal's form and results in the Premier League this season have been noticed across the continent, particularly by Pep, who also believes the North Londoners always give a strong account of themselves when competing in Europe.

The side are littered with a number of game changers, perhaps led by the club's record signing Mesut Ozil, however, Guardiola is wary of a number of Arsenal midfielders: 'The last eight, nine or ten years they have been in the Champions League and they are a special team with [Santi] Cazorla, Ozil, [Jack] Wilshere, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Aaron] Ramsey.'

He continued by remarking that the key to nullifying Arsenal's midfield threat is by ensuring they are unable to play their midfield passes while also producing a disciplined performance in defence, both with and without the ball: 'They always have good midfield players, with combinations. You have to be good in both sides in our defensive movements and try to understand their game.'

Arsenal take on Bayern at home on Wednesday, ahead of the return leg at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, March 11.

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