Barcelona director reacts to Arsenal Champions League draw

Barcelona are taking nothing for granted after drawing Arsenal.

Arsenal have drawn Barcelona in the Champions League, the draw every Gooner wanted to avoid.

It is not a last 16 tie the La Liga giants wanted either, despite knocking the Gunners out at the same stage twice in the previous five years.

Barcelona could have drawn Belgian surprise package Gent, but instead will go up against a team led by their former star Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona's Director of Sporting Institutional Relations Albert Soler told Eurosport, reported The BBC:

"English teams are always very strong. It will be a very attractive game, we need to play to the best of our abilities. Arsenal are not favourites here, but we don't consider ourselves outright favourites.

"Arsenal are a strong team. The only guarantee we have is that we'll have two great teams playing two great games."

One Arsenal player knows just how hard the task ahead will be. Loanee Wojciech Szczesny was at the wrong end of a 6-1 thrashing at the Nou Camp last month as Luis Suarez and co ran riot.

A front three of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar is formidable, but Arsenal will hope to get as many of their injured players back healthy in time for the February first leg to give themselves the best possible chance.

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