By Chris Harris

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Arsenal are a "fantastic" team to watch but he expects Barcelona to overcome Arsène Wenger's side in the Champions League.

The Swedish striker is bang on form ahead of tonight's Quarter-Final first leg having struck in each of his last three games. And he will be looking to find a way past former Ajax team-mate Thomas Vermaelen at Emirates Stadium as Barcelona chase the away goal which would make their life a whole lot easier in next week's second leg.

Ibrahimovic has never been short of confidence and, although he paid a glowing tribute to Barcelona's opponents at his pre-match press conference, the powerful striker is confident his team will attack and prevail.

"I think Arsenal is a fantastic team," he said. "They play good football and they have a coach who has been there a long time. I think he is doing a good job. But when you play attractive football you have to win otherwise people say you have to change the style of football. It is all about winning but I like the way they play.

"But I think Barcelona are favourites for the two matches because we are European champions. We have a very good team and we can win everywhere.

"When I first saw the draw I said the whole world would see two fantastic games, two teams that want to play football, two teams I like to watch because that's the way I like football to be played. I think there will be two fantastic games and we are all looking forward to it.

"Barcelona's mentality is always to attack, attack. When we play home or away we always try to win. It's very important to score a goal and if we can win it would be great. But it's going to be a very difficult match."

Ibrahimovic's form may yet keep Thierry Henry out of the side on his return to the Emirates. And the Swede suspects that the Arsenal legend would rather not face his old club.

"I think in the first moment he wasn't happy because he has a lot of feelings for Arsenal which is understandable. He had a fantastic career here and did a fantastic job. I didn't ask him personally, but I know he has the team in his heart."

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31 Mar 2010