Arsenal must force Bayern Munich to make mistakes, says Mikel Arteta

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The midfielder wants to see a similar start to the one they enjoyed back in 2014.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Mikel Arteta says they must force Bayern Munich to make mistakes if they want to take all three points from Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash.

The Gunners take on Pep Guardiola’s in-form Bundesliga leaders at the Emirates in midweek desperately needing a win after losing their opening two group games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.

Securing all three points against a Bayern side that is unbeaten this season won’t be an easy task, though, and Arteta says they must look to force the issue as they have players that can cause damage to the German visitors.

"You need a big discipline [to beat Bayern], they make it really difficult for you because they really stretch you,” he told

"They want to play in your half and every time you win the ball back, they’re at your feet and make it hard to come out. We need to do the opposite - we need to play in their half, press them and make them make mistakes. From there, we have players up front that can cause them damage."

The Spanish midfielder also says that they must use the flying start they made the last time they faced Bayern as a blueprint for this clash.

Arsene Wenger’s side started well against the Germans in their last 16 encounter back in February 2014, as they flew out of the blocks to earn an early penalty, which they then went on to miss.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was then later sent off to turn the game in their opponents’ favour, but Arteta says replicating that lively start will give them the best opportunity of securing the vital victory they need.

"I think it was a great start," he added.

"I remember Yaya Sanogo played up front and caused them big problems because they played with a high line and every time we were managing to play the ball behind them and they suffered. After missing the penalty and getting Wojciech Szczesny sent off it was a very different story.”

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