Arsene Wenger has claimed Arsenal will never get a better chance of beating Barcelona in the Champions League, as both sides gear up for their first leg, round of 16 fixture at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Barca are favourites to beat Arsenal and go on to win the competition back-to-back for the first time. The Spanish giants won the Champions League in 2006 at Arsenal’s expense, and also knocked them out in 2010 and 2011.
But Wenger believes they stand a genuine chance of causing an upset, and has charged his players to be patient, disciplined and not go overboard on Tuesday night.
He said: “It’s our best chance no matter how big the chance is. We have to take it and have a go at them. I believe in these big games, in the first tie at home, we can’t be stupid.
“Many times we’ve won away and at home we have conceded. We have to find a good balance between defending and attacking.”
The Gunners’ boss has also backed former Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez to rediscover his form against his former side, as he has in poor form and scored just once since his return from injury last month.
The Chilean was poor again as Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup and Wenger, while admitting Sanchez wasn’t up for the game against Hull, stated that he will be turbo-charged against Barcelona.
“I don’t think he was completely ready to come on. It looked like that but he grows with the game does Sanchez.
“He has a game based on risk and when he’s completely highly tuned in, it becomes dangerous. Don’t worry about Tuesday, he will be tuned in.”