Pep Guardiola’s side head into the game on a superb run of form, and high on confidence after a dominant display at the Emirates at the same stage of the competition last year.
Wilshere insists the Arsenal players must ensure they have learnt from last years 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, and play a more intelligent game.
“We have spoken about the importance of staying in the game,” the England midfielder said. “Even if it is 0-0, it is a good chance to qualify as the away goal is massive. We have got to be a bit more intelligent this year and stay in the game.”
For Arsene Wenger, it is a chance to show how far his team has come in a year, after last years clash almost derailed the Gunners season.
Wenger found himself perhaps under the most pressure of his entire Arsenal reign at this point last season, following the 3-1 defeat to the eventual European champions, and the humiliating FA Cup exit the hands of Blackburn just a few days before.
We were too nervous at the beginning of the game [against Bayern last season],” Wenger said, with a hint towards the Blackburn defeat. “We also wanted to level it too much at 2–1 and we conceded the third through a counter. It’ll be down to our defending on Wednesday. Their main force is going forward. They have five or six players who can create a chance at any moment.”