By Giuseppe Muro
Boca Juniors star Juan Roman Riquelme says playing at Emirates Stadium this weekend will be something to tell his children about in years to come.
The former Barcelona and Villerreal midfielder played at Highbury in the 2006 Champions League Semi-Final and was part of the Argentina side that lost 3-0 to Brazil in an international friendly at Arsenal’s new home the same year.
“I will be able to tell my children about these experiences,” said Riquelme when speaking to the media on Friday.
“I was fortunate enough to play against Brazil in this stadium and we loved it. In the infamous Semi-Final, we played in the previous Arsenal stadium."
Boca manager Julio César Falcioni thinks playing at Emirates Stadium will provide inspiration for his players as they continue their preparations for the new Argentine Championships.
The South American giants take on Arsenal on Saturday before facing Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday and Falcioni says the games will be a vital part of their pre-season programme.
“Emirates is a very beautiful stadium," he said. "We have seen the stadium when it is empty and it has an impact on you. It is very attractive for the players and will give us a lot of motivation.
"I hope my team are going to play well tomorrow against a great team like Arsenal. I want to end our preparations for the start of the season.
“We have to give a good account of ourselves. We are going to start the new season soon and we are getting out last fitness. Playing for Boca is the greatest honour you can have and our players are going to give a good account of themselves."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 29 Jul 2011