By Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal will be favourites to win the Champions League if they knock out Barcelona, according to Arsène Wenger.

The glamour tie of the last 16 has paired Wenger’s side with the heavily-fancied Catalans and, ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at Emirates Stadium, the manager insists that his team can conquer Europe if they conquer Barcelona.

“If we knock Barcelona out we straight away have a good chance to win the tournament,” said Wenger at his pre-match media briefing. “It is until now the toughest test for us in the European Cup.

“Barcelona are certainly the best team in the world at the moment. We have a good opportunity to show we're no longer the team that played against them last year.

“We have the belief and a strong togetherness to show. We have a highly-motivated team to show that we're a different team today.

“This is a good opportunity for us to show that.”

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