It was a surprise to see Arsène Wenger at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

In the build up to Arsenal's Champions League Semi-Final second leg at Villarreal on Tuesday, the Frenchman had said he would not be dropping in on Barcelona v Milan the following night. However he switched his plans.

"I changed my mind for one simple reason," he said. "I saw the programme of Barcelona, and I felt that it was a unique opportunity to see both teams.

"If they qualified, Barcelona may be in a position where they never played with the same team [again this season]. They are nearly champions, and could decide to do what they want after that. This would work against us. I felt it was maybe the last opportunity for me to see them."

The home side did enough to hold off the challenge of Milan and set up a mouthwatering Champions League Final in Paris on May 17.

"They are a good side," said Wenger when asked for his assessment. "On the night, they played in a controlled way and never went for it completely.

"In fairness, the game could have gone both ways, but I always felt they had enough resources to find a goal if it was needed."

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28 Apr 2006