By Richard Clarke
Jack Wilshere will leave for Barcelona on Monday afternoon confident that Arsenal can not only reach the Champions League Quarter-Finals but also win the tournament.
The 19-year-old midfielder has shaken off the bruises from Saturday’s draw against Sunderland is expected to start at the Nou Camp. Wilshere outshone some of his most illustrious Barca opponents when Arsenal won 2-1 against Barca three weeks ago. He is confident his side can complete the job against the Spanish champions.
"We know we can beat Barcelona,” said Wilshere. “We did that at the Emirates. If we beat them again we know we have a good chance of winning the tournament.
"We will go there with confidence but realise we have to defend well and hit them on the counter-attack.
"If we get a goal, they will have to come at us but we can win there.
"We do not want to go to Barcelona looking for a draw. It will be an open game and we will create chances. We are looking to score and then see what happens.
"We have shown we have the character to come back from a goal down against the best team in the world and are going there with a massive amount of confidence.
"Hopefully, we will have Cesc Fabregas back. Cesc is massive. He is our captain, our leader and great on the pitch.
"They have a couple of players out. But we know they have got great players in Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, so we will have to defend well."Copyright 2017 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