Guardiola praises Arsenal counterpart Wenger

Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola has spoken of his admiration for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the Champions League meeting between the sides on Wednesday, ESPN has reported.

Guardiola rejected the opinion of his old La Liga adversary Jose Mourinho, who suggested Wenger was a failure, by insisting the Gunners were still a team to be feared regardless of their long trophy drought, saying that “life isn’t just trophies.”

“Arsenal compete with huge teams. Important teams,” Guardiola went on. “For me, they remain a good team and a good club. I know the association is, if you win you are the best, if you are second you are the worst.

“I have a lot of respect for Arsene. He always likes good players, always plays in a good style. If we give the ball to them, we are going to suffer.”

Guardiola added that his results away to Arsenal hadn’t been particularly good despite the success achieved by his Barcelona team.

“I have never won here,” Guardiola continued.

“I learnt that you can never dominate Arsenal for 90 minutes. You can dominate for 30 minutes, to half-time, but for 90 minutes it is impossible. Against Arsenal, with their quality players, you always have a problem.”

Guardiola’s Barcelona played Arsenal in the Champions League in 2011 and lost 2-1 in London, goals from Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin cancelling out David Villa’s opener.

Barca did however progress with a 3-1 win at Camp Nou, on the way to winning the trophy at Wembley against Manchester United.

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