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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gunners stars confident of beating Barcelona

Last season Arsenal were soundly beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League, but its stars reckon they can get their revenge this time around.

The Gunners are set to welcome the Catalan giants to the Emirates on Wednesday night and last season's quarter-final defeat will be sitting heavy on their mind.
That time around Arsenal came back from two goals down to get a 2-2 draw in North London before a Lionel Messi-inspired Barca trounced them at the Nou Camp 4-1 to go through. Anyone looking to bet on Champions League games may want to bear these results in mind.

Cesc Fabregas, who for most of summer looked like he would be wearing a Barcelona shirt this campaign, has stated he thinks Arsenal can overcome the Spaniards and continue their Champions League dream if they "play without fear".

He claims Arsenal showed Barcelona too much respect in the last games between the two sides and things need to be different this time around, even if the Champions League best odds suggest it will be a tough game.

There is no doubting the quality the opposition has and they are even better than they were 12 months ago with the addition of David Villa during the summer.

Fabregas' team mate Nicklas Bendtner is another Gunners star who thinks it will be a different result this time around as Arsenal can "beat anyone" if they play to their best.

"We know they are magnificent, an unbelievable team, but we have great players as well - and the way we play is very similar to them," added the striker.

"We pass the ball like them so we must have a chance."

Arsenal seem confident of being able to match Barcelona and a lot could depend on if Samir Nasri is declared fir for the Champions League last 16 clash.

The Frenchman has been the best player in a red and white shirt this season, but he has been out with a hamstring injury for two weeks. They could need Nasri on the pitch if they want to get a result at the Emirates on Wednesday.

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