Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has hailed Arsenal as a ‘good team’ ahead of the meeting between the two sides.
The La Liga giants visit the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening for their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg against the Gunners, and go into the game as strong favourites to progress to the knockout stages.
Enrique has yet to manage a game at the Emirates but admitted to the media, as reported by Arsenal’s official club website, that the game between the two European giants is one that is ‘attractive’.
On paper, this is one of the most attractive and appealing types of games you are going to find.
That is if you like this style of football, some like it more straight forward.
There are so many styles. I think we are going to see a really good game as we both want to dominate and win as well. I have seen Arsenal before twice this season. They are going to press high at some moments in the game.
I hope that we can keep hold of possession and put into practice our talent. We know Arsenal are a good team, good in positions and have really good players.
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The Gunners will look to gain some sort of an advantage in the first leg, while hoping to keep conceding away goals down to a minimum, knowing that a trip to the Camp Nou awaits them in March.
For Arsenal to stop Barcelona, they will not only have to consider the dangerous trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, but the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta too, both of whom pose a threat in the final third.