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Arsenal to attack Barca

Arsenal fans looking forward to tonight’s torture at the Camp Nou may be heartened by Arsene Wenger’s pre-match quotes: the Frenchman has decided that sitting back and defending would be suicide, and will be looking to attack Barcelona. That might very well be suicide as well, but that’s Barca for you: they’re quite good.

‘Yes, we would take that (a goalless draw),’ he said. ‘But it is a little bit of an illusion to go to Barcelona and think they will not score at all. So you have to think we want to score at least a goal.

‘Is it realistic to go there to try to play a 0-0 from the first minute on? First of all it would be considerably against our nature and even tactically I don't think it is defendable. We have not a team with 11 defenders who are happy to defend.

‘We have to fight against the preconceived ideas because the only way of thinking is that Arsenal cannot defend. I will just remind you that in the last 11 games we have seven clean sheets in the Premier League, we have conceded less goals than Man United, who have a very good defence. We can defend when we have to. We prefer to attack that is for sure.’

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