By Will Butcher

Jens Lehmann has claimed Arsenal are more likely to beat Bayern Munich this season.

Arsenal have lost out to the German champions in the knockout stages of the Champions League three times in the last five years.

Arsene Wenger’s side go up against their German rivals in February, in the first knockout phase of the Champions League.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sport Breakfast Show on talkSPORT, Lehmann claimed his old side have a better chance to beat Carlo Ancelotti’s side compared to their past losses against Bayern.

“This time I think Arsenal have a bigger chance than the last times,” Lehmann said. “Bayern Munich are in a [period of] change because of their new manager.

“You can see that their style of play is slightly different to last year. This time Arsenal are more experienced than last time and will better know how to play Bayern Munich.”

The Gunners also faced Bayern in the group stages of last season’s competition, and will be hoping they can repeat the feats of the 2-0 win that saw Arsenal qualify on goal difference.

However, the 5-1 thrashing in the return fixture at the Allianz Arena will be a stark reminder of what the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa can do.

Lehmann, 47, was part of the Arsenal side that reached the Champions League final in 2006, but was sent off 18 minutes into the match after bringing down Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o. The Spanish giants won the match by two goals to one.

The outspoken goalkeeper made exactly 200 league and cup appearances for the Gunners, after returning in 2011 to make one appearances against Blackpool.

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