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‘Mentally we are stronger’

London: Arsenal are in a much better shape to challenge Champions League holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of the last-16 than they were a year ago, coach Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.

“Last year I believe we went out on the away goal,” Wenger told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s game at the Emirates Stadium.

“It shows you it is important not to concede at home. We are much stronger mentally and we are really determined to win this game on Wednesday.”

“Football is not a chess game, it belongs to the players, when the game starts, it’s (about) the right decisions on the pitch,” said the Frenchman, whose side have gone out of the competition at this stage in the last three seasons.

“We as managers prepare the team to do well; we take responsibilities when it doesn’t go well, but don’t forget the main heroes are out on the pitch, not on the bench.