Arsenal FC manager sees weaknesses in Barcelona team
Arsene Wenger doesn’t think Barca are invincible ahead of his team’s Champions League clash
February 22nd, 2016
Arsenal are bracing themselves for the biggest game of the season on Tuesday night, with Champions League favourites Barcelona coming to the Emirates for a last sixteen first leg clash.
The Gunners are the bookmaker outsiders and Arsene Wenger admits that his team are the underdogs, although he’s confident that his team can challenge Barca over two legs and insists that Arsenal will pose problems for a team who have potential defensive frailties.
The Arsenal manager said: “We have to find the right balance between being audacious but also strong defensively as a unit and not put ourselves in a difficult task in the second leg.
“No team is perfect. Barcelona are not far from it. We need to take our chances. Barcelona are super favourites, we need to raise the urgency level. Tomorrow everybody is convinced we need to absolutely be totally focused to have a chance.
“Their front three are the most efficient [strike force in the world]. Messi scored 300 goals in 340 games, I’ve seen many strikers in my life but I’ve never seen a record like that. They are top, top class.
“I know that individually Messi, Suárez and Neymar have exceptional talent; the only way we can beat them is collectively. Resilience, great solidarity, intelligent as well, let’s not forget that we have a good defensive record and a great goalkeeper as well. They have a team who can score at any moment, even when dominated.”
Wenger will point towards the fact his team beat Bayern Munich during the group stage and another 2-0 winning scoreline would give them a realistic chance of qualifying for the quarter final stage.