By Nick Teale
Nicklas Bendtner believes Barcelona's defensive suspensions will help Arsenal at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
Centre-backs Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol are unavailable for the Champions League Quarter-Final second leg, meaning Pep Guardiola will be forced to change his back line for the visit of Arsenal.
Between them Pique and Puyol have notched up over 4,000 minutes on the pitch in La Liga this season but neither will play on Tuesday night. And according to Bendtner, that is good news for the Gunners who must score in order to stand a chance of progression.
“For any team to be without their two central defenders, the two players who play week-in week-out, you know they are people they build the team around and it is not good for them – it is good for us," he said after the 1-0 win over Wolves.
"We saw Barcelona play obviously and they are a great passing team. We have to try to get a little tighter to them and not give them so much time to play.
“People are expecting it to be a difficult game for both teams. It is going to be a hard game. We will see who wins on Tuesday.
“But we think we can do it. This is a trophy we want to win and to win the Champions League you have to beat the best teams.”Copyright 2017 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