By Matt Farr

Ex-Bayern Munich and Germany star Michael Ballack insists that Arsenal can beat his former club if they ‘believe in themselves’.

The two sides are poised to go head-to-head at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, in the first-leg of their Champions League knockout-round encounter.

Bayern Munich head into the tie as favourites, given their home advantage and history in the competition, but Ballack insists that Arsenal have more than enough quality to cause an upset.

He told TalkSport: “It is really difficult for Arsenal with the history and bringing that out of the head having lost a few times against Bayern, but this is a new game.

“They have to believe in themselves – there is always a way to beat Bayern Munich.

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“There is always a chance. Arsenal is a great club with great players.”

Arsenal have often struggled at this stage of the competition, having failed to qualify past the Round of 16 in the last six successive competitions.

Meanwhile, the German champions have often proven to be a real thorn in their side, with the Gunners losing to Bayern overall in each of their last three meetings at this stage.

The Gunners may be considered the more vulnerable of the two sides in the build-up to their highly-anticipated European showdown, having lost two of their last three games in all competitions.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, are undefeated in all competitions since the shock 3-2 defeat to FK Rostov in the group stage on November 23.

Arsene Wenger’s side may look to draw inspiration from Paris Saint-Germain’s astonishing 4-0 victory over Barcelona in Tuesday night’s Champions League knockout-round clash, in the hope of pulling-off a remarkable victory of their own.

In other Arsenal news, the Times claim that Theo Walcott is set to be axed by Arsenal in favour of this midfield ace.

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