Arsene Wenger is confident that Arsenal can overcome Bayern Munich despite holding 2-0 deficit on aggregate from the first leg of the Champions League.
In the first leg at the Emirates Stadium last month, goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller in the second half gave the European champions the upper hand coming into the return leg. Mesut Ozil missed a penalty and the north London club ended the game with 10-men after Wojciech Szczesny was sent-off in the opening half.
Last year, the Gunners registered a shock 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena but were knocked out on away goals rule after the two legs resulted in an aggregate score of 3-3. The Frenchman wants his players to upset the odds against Pep Guardiola's side and is hopeful that his players can take inspiration from their previous performances in the competition.
"We know that we have to attack, but we also know we have to defend. We must find the right balance. The statistics are against us, but we have won 5-1 at Inter, we have won everywhere in Europe. We are focused on putting in a great performance. The history of last year is important. History is important in our belief," Wenger explained.
"We know we can do it, because we have already done it. It is a possible task, that is the most important thing. My team has quality and ambition. With a top performance we can do it. It would be helpful to score early, but we don't have to. We can score later on also. Bayern is the team of the continent at the moment. But I am confident."
The 64-year-old will be hoping his side maintains the winning momentum against Bayern following their 4-1 victory in the FA Cup quarter-final at home against Everton last Saturday.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score two late goals to secure the Gunners' place in the semi-final at Wembley.
"We scored two late goals against Everton, so we do not need to be nervous or impatient. It would be absolutely great to win. A big win like that would build lots of consistency for the last months of the season. Bayern is full of confidence. They are the big favourite in Europe. But we hope that we can show that we are a very good opponent," the Arsenal manager concluded.