Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou when they travel to Catalonia on March 8 to conclude the Champions League tie.
The Gunners made an incredible comeback last night to beat the Blaugrana 2-1 at the Emirates stadium and the Frenchman says his side have proven that they can beat the best team in the world: “Barcelona are still favourites. We know now we can beat them, though. We didn’t know that last year. [The win] gives us a chance to go to Barcelona with belief.”
The Arsenal manager says the positive style Arsenal played last night shows that there is no need to defend for 90 minutes against the Catalan giants: “I’m very proud because everybody urged us to play differently to our nature. We can be proud of the result, but more than pride it can strengthen the belief in our philosophy.”
Jack Wilshere is optimistic that his side can hold on to their 2-1 aggregate lead and eliminate Barcelona from the Champions League.
The 19-year-old played a key part in his side’s victory over the Spanish champions at the Emirates last night and has shown his pride in the Arsenal team’s progress over the last year: “It’s been a great couple of weeks, the best couple of weeks of my life.
“Now we’ve got something to hold on to in the tie. Last year against Barcelona we finished 2-2 at home.
“This year it’s 2-1 and we have a chance. If we got a goal over there, we will see what happens.
“We have to go to the Nou Camp and show our character.”
The England international spoke of his confidence in his team, he was quick to add that the Gunners have a long way to go if they are to qualify for the next round of the competition: “We were the better team, but there’s still 90 minutes to go and we can save ourselves in that time.”
Djourou: We’ll hold strong.
Johan Djourou has tipped Arsenal to continue their progress and achieve greatness this season, following their 2-1 win over Barcelona in Europe’s most prestige competition.
The Swiss international says the Gunners showed great character and determination in cancelling out David villa’s first-half opener to go on and win the game and believes he and his central defensive partner Laurent Koscielny have their work cut out for them when they travel to Catalonia to play the second-leg: “We [were in] a big battle last time because they were just amazing, but we showed a lot of character tonight and to come back from behind and win was incredible, It showed that even being 1-0 down against the best team in the world is not the end and I think our team has a lot of potential to achieve greatness at the end of the season”
He continued: “Obviously they will come at us over there, but if we can defend like we did tonight we know we have a chance.”