By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists history will count for nothing when Arsenal and Barcelona meet in the Champions League tonight.

The Catalan giants have had the upper hand in recent years, beating Wenger's side in the 2006 Final in Paris before last season's 6-3 aggregate win at the Quarter-Final stage.

Barcelona - widely regarded as the world's best team - are firm favourites to see off the Gunners in this year's last-16 tie. But Wenger will not be dwelling on the past when the teams line up at Emirates Stadium.

"We lost in the 2006 Final, I feel we were a bit unlucky on the day, and last year after the 4-1 [defeat at Camp Nou] I said we lost to the better team," said the Arsenal boss.

"But this season and every time it’s down to your performances. It’s not down to history, it’s how good you are on the day, and we want to show everybody [how good we are].

"Everybody expects an exciting game because there are two teams who play quality football and we want to be faithful to our philosophy, to make sure we dominate the game, that we pass the ball, that we have possession of the ball. If we do that, we have a very good chance of beating them."

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16 Feb 2011