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By Will Butcher

Bayern Munich will secure a first-leg advantage against Arsenal if they play their own game, according to Robert Lewandowski.

Arsenal travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night to face Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich side, with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals up for grabs.

Lewandowski told Bayern’s official website that Arsenal’s chances will be limited if Bayern can implement their style of football. He also said a clean sheet is vital.

“We need to concentrate on ourselves,” Lewandowski said. “If we play our game then Arsenal probably won’t get many chances. But we must play well from back to front.

“The plan is ideally to score at least one goal and not concede any. That would be a good night for us.”

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Arsenal come into the game after controversially beating Hull City 2-0 at the weekend, with replays suggesting that Alexis Sanchez handled the ball into the Hull net for the Gunners’ first.

With five wins in seven, manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping their good form can inspire his side to defy the odds and secure a win in Germany.

However, Bayern have won 10 out of their last 11 league and cup outings, only dropping points against Schalke, and will be in buoyant mood as they look to take an advantage to north London.

Poland international Lewandowski has continued his reputation as one of the best centre forwards in European football, scoring 23 goals in 29 league and cup outings this term.

However, the 28-year-old has scored just once in four games and the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi will hope he continues that dry spell with a clean sheet on Wednesday.

In other Arsenal news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted this senior player to become exposed against Bayern.

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