Wenger - Barca win in 2011 can help us

By Lloyd Webb

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s win against Barcelona in 2011 can help them ahead of Champions League last-16 tie.

The Gunners beat the Catalan club 2-1 at Emirates Stadium five years ago thanks to two goals in the space of five minutes from Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie.

Arsenal take on the Champions League holders in the knockout stage again and Wenger says their previous victory can give his side belief.

"It will certainly be remembered as one of the exceptional nights at the Emirates"

Arsene Wenger

“The memory [I have] is that the winning goal was scored by Arshavin after we suffered for a big part of the game - we should be encouraged by that,” he told Arsenal Player. "We suffered in the first half and in the second half we slowly came back into the game and became very dangerous.

"That should help us in our [upcoming] game against Barcelona. If we have uncomfortable moments then we should have in our minds that we can still win even if it is difficult.

“It was really special [to win in 2011]. What I also remember as well is that it reminded me of how football is really as a team because you can deliver something exceptional.

"Three or four days later we went to Leyton Orient and drew in the FA Cup. In the same week that we were on a high, we were down again, but it will certainly be remembered as one of the exceptional nights at the Emirates.”




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