It is a problem as old as two-legged European Cup ties. What do you do if you are at home in the first game? Bomb forward looking for early goals or play it cool and cagey, knowing that if you don't concede then you will have an advantage when you go to 'their place'.

Arsène Wenger will be mulling over that very issue this evening as he gathers his thoughts before the visit of Juventus in the Champions League Quarter-Final first leg. It is a difficult balance. Arsenal are young, in-form and have attacking options to burn. Juve are experienced, leading Serie A by eight points and, most importantly, happy to bide their time in pursuit of goals.

"We were in a little bit of a similar situation [as Real Madrid in the last round]," said the manager. "What is different this time is that we have the first game at home.

"So you face a little bit of a psychological problem. In the first game you have to attack but you know that every goal you concede is a problem for you.

"We will have to manage the problem of finding the right balance between attacking and defending well, without losing your enthusiasm going forward.

"[Being at home second] looks an advantage but sometimes it is reverse. For example in the last round, six of the eight teams who got through played the second game at home. But last year it was reversed so you can not come to any conclusion.

"We believe that the Real Madrid result helped put more self-belief into our spirits. This is another opportunity to show we can compete with a different style of play and be as efficient.

"We knew against Real Madrid it would be two games where both teams would go for it. This time Juventus will play in a more restricted way. But they will try to be efficient.

"They are very experienced and the characteristic of such a team is that they will create maybe two chances and try to take one.

"There is no question about their quality; they are top of their league. They have a good quota between efficiency and domination. There are periods when they can be really efficient then at others they will suck you in and wait for their time.

"But not conceding a goal is always a good result," concluded Wenger. "As long as you don't concede you have a chance away from home."

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