By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is not concerned about playing the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League tie at home and he believes the statistics bear him out.

The Frenchman welcomes Barcelona to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night before taking his team to the Nou Camp for the decisive leg of their prestige Quarter-Final next Tuesday.

There's a school of thought that suggests hosting the second leg is an advantage but Wenger is not so sure and has the evidence to back it up - AC Milan in 2008 and Manchester United last year spring immediately to mind.

"I am not too bothered [about playing the first leg at home] because statistically it doesn't have a big meaning when you look at the teams who qualify," said Wenger. "I just believe you need 180 minutes at the top level against a team like Barcelona.

"And of course you want at home to keep a clean sheet. The weight of an away goal in the European Cup is enormous. So of course for us to have a good defensive performance against a team of that offensive power will be important."

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30 Mar 2010