By Chris Harris

Pep Guardiola believes Arsenal are better equipped to face his team this season after learning the lessons of last year's defeat.

The Barcelona coach masterminded a 6-3 aggregate win over Arsène Wenger's side at the Quarter-Final stage of the Champions League 11 months ago and was back at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night to face the media ahead of another mouthwatering encounter.

Guardiola saw his team race out of the blocks in last year's first leg to take a grip on the tie before a late Arsenal rally salvaged a 2-2 draw in north London. But the former Spanish international believes that the hosts have the weapons to hurt Barcelona this time.

"I like to watch Arsenal play football but I don't like to play against them," admitted Guardiola. "They know better now than last season. Experience is good for our lives. It is very fresh for them, the experience of last season. Arsène Wenger has a lot of experience of these kind of games.

"Of course I have worries about the game that Wenger plays. Theo Walcott has some good moments, Wenger is an incredible coach and Robin van Persie is a very mobile player who has a lot of influence.

"If Nasri doesn't play they still have Rosicky or Arshavin but Nasri is an incredible player. I hope Nasri can play. I always prefer to play the teams who have the best players.

"But when you play Arsenal you know what is required of you. The players of Barcelona know what we have to do. With Arsenal if you are not well prepared you will be chasing shadows."

This tie has been billed as a meeting of minds, a clash between the two most aesthetically-pleasing sides in Europe. As far as Guardiola is concerned, his team will live up to their reputation at Emirates Stadium.

"We will try to play attractive football, we have for the last 20 to 25 years. We might lose, we might win but we will always play attractive football for our fans," he said.

"Both teams play really well, they play attractive football. The teams have the same goal, to create chances. Arsenal attack more than they defend and I think that's what both teams will try to do tomorrow.

"The main objective is to play well, to try and dominate all the play. We will try and score a goal because scoring away from home is very important.

"We want to bring at least a goal back to Barcelona. But I don't think it will be decided [in the first leg]. We will have to decide it in Barcelona in the second leg."

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16 Feb 2011