By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger is convinced Arsenal can create chances against Barcelona if his team put the Spanish champions under pressure.

As demonstrated at Emirates Stadium last season, the Catalans can be almost unplayable when they are at their dazzling best. But the final half-an-hour of that Quarter-Final first leg, there was also an obvious frailty when put on the back foot.

Wenger feels it is crucial his side stick to their attacking principles and take the game to Barca. If they do that, opportunities will come and goals will follow.

“I believe, if we manage to get them under pressure, we will create chances,” says the manager.

“Ideally that is something we can work on before the game. Sometimes you have that extra special focus in these kind of games which makes you more efficient, so hopefully we have that.

“The question at the Nou Camp you can wonder is will we change the way we play? But here [at Emirates Stadium], we will try to play to our strengths. We will try to attack the other team.

“If we play in the final third defensively, we will not only be happy, it will not be our game.”

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14 Feb 2011