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The Bayern Munich striker is well aware that
his side will be facing a Gunners side in
desperate need of points but has no qualms
about putting an end to their hopes.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski
says the pressure is all on Arsenal as the two
clubs prepare to face off in the Champions

The Gunners have endured a disastrous start to
their European campaign and have the
unenviable task of picking up positive results
from back-to-back games against the German
champions if they are to resurrect their hopes
of a place in the knockout stages.

But Bayern are a daunting opposition and
Lewandowski, in the form of his life with 15
goals in his last seven games across all
competitions, told Goal that Arsene Wenger's
men have to step it up - or they will be

"I hope we get the three points," the striker
remarked. "With three victories, we would
nearly be in the next round. Arsenal would have
an issue, yes, but that's not our worry. We are
Bayern Munich and we're thinking of ourselves.
"We know it won't be an easy game. For our
opponents, at home, it is almost the last chance
to reach the next round. Arsenal really need to
step on the gas, otherwise it's over."
In recent years Bayern have exerted total
domination over their rivals in German football
and already have a seven-point lead in this
season's Bundesliga, but Lewandowski is wary
of the club taking their feet off the pedal, which
he feels happened in 2014-15 to derail their
Champions League hopes once the domestic
title was secure.

"In the Bundesliga, it is not certain that we will
be German champions again," he said. "We
know we should win, every year, all three
competitions. Especially in the German Cup
against Wolfsburg and in the Champions
League, we should not allow any slips-up. In
football, you have to think from game to game.
You can never feel safe.

"We should not make the same mistakes as
last year. No matter how many points ahead we
are, we have to give everything. Only then we
will compete in the Champions League at the
highest level. We will simply set new targets. I
cannot reveal our secret but we must simply
deal with it differently. We can make it."

The 27-year-old believes that luck played a
large role in his side's failure to win the
Champions League last season and hopes for
better when the business end of the campaign
comes around.

He continued: "Last year we played very well
until the moment came in which many players
were injured and we had no luck. You cannot
explain why all that happened. I hope this
season will pan out better in the crucial
moments – for me, too. Against Barcelona I had
to play with the mask, which was a big problem,
and [Franck] Ribery and [Arjen] Robben were

"How good is the chance [that we win the
Champions League]? No idea. The squad is
better, I think. Nevertheless, it is difficult to
foresee what will happen in the important
months, in April and in May. We can only focus
on our job.

"In the Champions League, you can never talk
about a favourite. You have three or four teams
who can win the title every year. Sometimes
there are surprising teams. With Dortmund we
reached the final and almost won it. Who will
reach the semi-finals or the final, you can never
say for 100 per cent."

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