By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that Arsenal and Barcelona share more than a beautiful style of football.

Their Champions League Quarter-Final tie ticks all the boxes if you want to see quick passing and fluid movement, and a little over 60,000 lucky supporters will be at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night for the first leg of a potential classic.

Much will be made of Thierry Henry's return to North London but look elsewhere on the pitch and there's a clear trend - so many of the players on show rose through the ranks at the Emirates or the Nou Camp.

Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Gael Clichy, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol head a long list of stars who emerged from those youth systems and Wenger believes that gives Arsenal and Barcelona's players a shared identity.

"There are similarities there in the way we play and the way we educate young players and the way we rely on young players and in the sense of belonging to the Club," he said.

"I believe that we want the players to have that because it is an important part in the way we see football and I believe Barcelona has that as well."

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29 Mar 2010