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Bayern München manager Pep Guardiola was impressed with his team's display in their 5-1 win over Arsenal at Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Die Roten opened the scoring as early as the 10th minute through Robert Lewandowski, setting off an avalanche of goals in which Thomas Muller (twice), David Alaba and Arjen Robben all scored, while Olivier Giroud pulled one back for the Gunners.

"Many congratulations to my team, especially for the first half," Guardiola said. "We gave away possession too cheaply in the first ten minutes, and that was when Arsenal were very dangerous.

"But it was easier after the first goal. We got better and better thanks to the support of our fans. Our aim was to control the game in the second half, but we let them get at us too often on the break.

"That has to improve. But we've done it and we're nearly through. Now we want to beat Olympiacos and finish top of the group."

Muller also talked up the importance of the win, after Arsenal beat them 2-0 in London a fortnight ago, and is now eyeing victory over Greek side Olympiakos in three weeks time to wrap up top spot in group F.

"We've hit our target of winning the game," the Germany international said. "This was actually a pivotal game for us, otherwise we'd have had a lot of hard work ahead of us in the group.

"We were very focused and determined. We've taken a big step today. If we win our next game, we should be through."

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