By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger suspects that the Champions League Final will follow a similar pattern to Saturday's 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
Arsenal enjoyed the lion's share of possession against Manchester United but could not find a winner despite their patient probing. The champions played on the counter-attack - a ploy which plays to their strengths and has helped them win the Premier League for a third consecutive year.
Sir Alex Ferguson's team face Barcelona in Rome on May 27 and Wenger is expecting the same kind of game, considering the Catalan side's penchant for possession football. Arsenal could not find a way through against United at the weekend and their manager would not be surprised to see Barcelona draw a blank too.
"I believe that [on Saturday] we had a lot of the ball and they relied a lot on the counter-attack," said Wenger. "It could be a similar game [against Barcelona].
"The advantage for [Man United ahead of the game against] Barcelona is that they can rest their players in the next game and all their players who might play in the Final can be rested. So maybe Hull are happy tonight.
"Man United's defence can certainly make the difference. What Chelsea did against Barcelona was restrict them to very few chances and they were very strong in the challenges.
"The speed and size of the pitch will also be of importance of the game."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 19 May 2009