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Mikel Arteta (left) and Andrés Iniesta, during the interview. / FCB PHOTOMONTAGE

When FC Barcelona meet Arsenal FC on Tuesday at 8.45pm CET, they'll also be coming up against Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta, who coincided with Andrés Iniesta at Barça's famed La Masia youth academy. Arteta remembers his time at Barça as "the most important and beautiful of my career."

"I saw that I was at the best training academy in the world and it left a mark on me as well as principles that are the foundation of my career," he said.

FC Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta also took part in the joint interview. "[Arteta] is a very good player who, in the youth ranks, was a team leader."

Iniesta also said former teammate Alexis Sánchez, also with Arsenal, is "very unpredictable when dribbling and attacking, as well as being physically strong and very capable."

We don't want to spoil it all for you. Check out the video to hear what the two players had to say about the coming tie between FC Barcelona and Arsenal in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

All times are in Central European Time


Arsenal vs FC Barcelona: Face to face Arteta... by fcbarcelona

Champions League last-16

The first leg between the two European giants is set for this Tuesday, 23 February at 8.45pm at the Emirates Stadium in London, England. The second leg will be played at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Wednesday, 16 March, also at 8.45pm.

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