Although Barcelona will be clear favourites when the two sides meet next year, the Catalan giants say they’ll show Arsenal respect and that they expect the Gunners to cause them some problems.
Speaking after the draw made earlier today, club director Albert Soler said, “Arsenal and Barca have a very similar system of play. I’m convinced the fans will enjoy the football. The way we understand football is the same. They will be two great games.
“As always, we have the utmost respect. I’m sure we’ll have some problems playing against them, so let’s wait and see.
“Barca are used to playing under pressure, we’re the reigning champions and that gives you pressure and an advantage.
“Given that I don’t believe the past affects the future, we’ll go game by game and result by result.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s club secretary David Miles echoed the thoughts that the games would be a great spectacle.
“We’ve got our own world-class players and certainly we’ll go in for this,” he said. “It should be two fantastic games and we’re very much looking forward to it.”