Arsène Wenger during his side's last training session before facing Barça / arsenal.com

Arsenal are set to host FC Barcelona for the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday and Gunners manager Arsène Wenger is looking forward to the tie.

On Monday, Wenger spoke to the press ahead of the much-anticipated duel. Here is the pick of the 66-year-old's quotes:


"We are better equipped in the way we have assembled experience now. I believe all the players I have are intelligent and it is a good opportunity to show we have learned."

Learning from the past

"It is a good opportunity to show we have learned because it is true we have given ourselves a difficult task after the first home leg and maybe after we have been a bit too keen to make the difference in the first game."

Defence the best form of attack

"We need to be strong defensively as a unit and not put ourselves in front of a very difficult task in the second leg."

Striker Olivier Giroud chipped in with his thoughts about the tie, which he sees Barça as the favorites but is nevertheless confident in his side's chances.


“Obviously they are favourites, but we have good quality this year, even if we had a lot of injuries.”

The biggest stage

“The Champions league is always the big time for players, especially against Barcelona so we will enjoy it and give the maximum to give pleasure to our fans and take a lot of pleasure on the pitch.

“Why not win this game, because we have the quality for that.”

Arsène Wenger and Olivier Giroud, preview... by fcbarcelona
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