Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has demanded a solid defensive performance from his players ahead of tonight’s second leg, round of 16 Champions League clash with Barcelona.
The Gunners are in Spain to play the European champions with a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium two weeks ago and while acknowledging that they must also attack, Wenger emphasized on their defensive solidity, as he believes the they will be asked a lot of questions.
“The key for us will be a solid defensive performance,” said Wenger in his pre-match press conference.
“We have to attack and that suits us. We will do that knowing that the magicians of Barcelona will demand a good defensive performance from ourselves. Koscielny is important for us because he has lots of pace and Barcelona are good on the counterattack.”
Arsenal are yet to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp despite several attempts and the embattled Wenger reckons it is something they must try to do tonight.
“We have won almost everywhere in Europe, but still not here and we need to do that now. Barcelona are in a good position, but we have a chance. Our approach wasn’t too bad [in the first leg]. We just lost our shape a bit after half-time and got caught on the counterattack.
“I don’t think the football gods owe us anything, but I owe a lot to football. We want to come here and give a positive performance. We will play with passion and commitment and show our talent”