Wenger calls for front line against unbeaten holders in UEFA Champions League. The Gunners supervisor concedes his side will be the underdogs against Luis Enrique’s side and has asked his men to protect well and take their risks on the off chance that they are to have any shot.
Arsene Wenger has asked Arsenal to be merciless with their chances when they tackle holders Barcelona in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Last season’s treble-champs head to London for Tuesday’s first leg having gone 32 matches unbeaten in all rivalries – a run which has seen them break the club record set under Pep Guardiola.
Weapons store were held to a 0-0 draw by Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday – the fourth time they have neglected to score at home in 2016 – regardless of commanding ownership, and Wenger needs a more
clinical edge in assault when the European champions come calling.
Munititions stockpile have effectively beaten one of the competition top picks this season, having crushed Guardiola’s Bayern Munich 2-0 amid the gathering stage, however Barca’s structure makes for overwhelming perusing for the Gunners.
The holders rose unbeaten from the gathering arrange and have been in dazzling shape locally, winning everything except two of their last 16 Liga and Copa del Rey matches and neglecting to score only once in that time, away to Espanyol in January.
Barca were given an intense test at Las Palmas on Saturday before eventually winning 2-1 on account of objectives from Luis Suarez and Neymar, with Luis Enrique expecting another troublesome experience against Arsenal.
Wenger has passed Mesut Ozil fit after he was refreshed for the Hull diversion because of disease, while Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud also, previous Barca forward Alexis Sanchez are all liable to be back in the beginning line-up.
Francis Coquelin ought to additionally return, however the amusement comes too soon for Jack Wilshere (leg) and Santi Cazorla (knee). Arda Turan is suspended and Rafinha stays out with a knee harm, however Barca have a generally solid squad to take to London, which incorporates previous Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen.
Barca triumphed over the Gunners 4-3 on total at the same phase of the opposition in 2010-11 preceding going ahead to lift the trophy at Wembley, in the wake of beating Manchester United 3-1 in the last.