By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will NOT deploy man-to-man marking on Barcelona in the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola's side visit Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night for the first leg of a glamour Quarter-Final tie and, on the evidence of their win over Stuttgart in the previous round, the holders will take some stopping.
Barcelona's star-studded squad includes the irrepressible Lionel Messi and a sizeable chunk of the all-conquering Spanish national side. But Wenger has never tried to man-mark an opponent at Arsenal and he won't start now.
"At Arsenal, never [have I man-marked]," he said.
"Once you start to man-mark one, it can work but in exceptional teams you have two or three you have to man-mark and then you have to go to a system where you could create your own problems just by following somebody everywhere.
"So it is important we have a good team organisation on the night, we know that.
"Ideally for us it is important that we don’t concede a goal and that we win 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 26 Mar 2010