Mathieu Flamini
Mathieu Flamini [Reuters]

Mathieu Flamini believes Arsenal can take strength from their FA Cup victory against Liverpool to overcome Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The north London club take on the treble winners in the first leg of the last-16 tie of the European competition at the Emirates on Wednesday. In their last fixture, Arsene Wenger's side emerged 2-1 victorious against the Reds in the FA Cup at home last Sunday, with the help of goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski on either side of half-time.

Last season, the reigning European champions faced the Gunners in the same round of the Champions League. The Bundesliga outfit managed to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals rule after the two legs produced an aggregate result of 3-3, before eventually winning the competition in May last year.

"We know it won't be an easy game because Bayern are a strong, strong team but we are Arsenal, we have big ambitions and if we want to qualify we want to produce a big result against them. We'll do everything, we'll try to play our best football and get a good result," Flamini told Arsenal's official website.

"Of course [it gives us momentum] because it is an important week. It was important to qualify here as we wanted to be on a good run against Bayern on Wednesday," he added.

Last Sunday's victory against the Merseyside club kept Wenger's side in the fray for silverware on three fronts including the Premier League this season. They currently sit second in the league table with 56 points from 26 matches trailing leaders Chelsea by a point.

Flamini has set his eyes on progressing to the quarter finals of the Champions League, while also winning the FA Cup this season.

"I don't want to talk about last year but what I can say is Arsenal has a big ambition, we're fighting for the championship title, we're still fighting for the FA Cup and we'll do everything we can to qualify for the Champions League [quarter-finals]. Now the important thing is to recover very well because we have had so many games," the 29-year-old concluded.