Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has handpicked his former teammate Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal’s biggest threat ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League first leg, round of 16 tie.
The Gunners host the European champions at the Emirates on Tuesday, before facing them in the return leg on March 16 and having spent three years playing with him, Iniesta is well aware of the qualities the Chilean possesses.
“What makes Alexis so dangerous is that he is unpredictable,’ Iniesta was quoted on Arsenal’s official website.
“When he dribbles, when he attacks, he is a very strong player.
“He’s got skill and when he has the ball he always creates doubts. In that sense, we have to try to make him feel uncomfortable on the field and try to minimize his strengths,” said Iniesta.
The Spanish champions are huge favourites to go through, especially with the form of their three main attacking players; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The Catalans also have an impressive record against the Gunners, as they won the competition in 2006 beating Arsenal in the final, and also eliminated them in 2010 and 2011.
“Arsenal are known for having a style of play, a way of understanding football through having the ball.
“I also think that the type of players that their coach or that Arsenal look for are very similar.
“I think their strong spots are their quality, their talent and the way they play. The way they attack, the way they combine. I think they’re a very dangerous opponent in that sense,” he added.