By Chris Harris
Barcelona may be occupying the thoughts of Arsenal fans all across the globe but Arsène Wenger only has eyes for West Ham.
The Frenchman's team were paired with the holders at today's Champions League Quarter-Final draw and, predictably, the prospect of a glamour tie with Barcelona dominated his pre-match press conference.
But, lest we forget, the 'pre-match' in question refers to Saturday's Premier League clash with West Ham at Emirates Stadium. Three points will keep Arsenal on course for the title and Wenger does not want anything to distract his players from the task at hand.
"It [the Champions League] can be a distraction, yes," he said. "If we speak about Barcelona instead of speaking about West Ham that is where we can show we have matured and that we are intelligent.
"Intelligence is in life to know what is important to you and your success. What is important to us is West Ham.
"I say that because the West Ham game is the next game and in football the next game makes your life. We have fought like mad for a long, long time now to be in a strong position in the championship.
"We are in it so let's focus on what is important to us."Copyright 2014 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 19 Mar 2010