BARCELONA will afford Arsenal "the utmost respect" in the
Champions League last 16, club director Albert Soler has
The reigning European champions were drawn against Arsene
Wenger's side in yesterday's draw in Nyon. They enjoy a
strong record against the Gunners, having twice beaten them
in the knockout phase since they triumphed in the final in
However, Soler has warned Barca's successes against Arsenal
in recent years will have no bearing on this season's tie.
"Arsenal and Barca have a very similar system of play. I'm
convinced the fans will enjoy the football," he said after the
"The way we understand football is the same. They will be
two great games.
"As always, we have the utmost respect. I'm sure we'll have
some problems playing against them, so let's wait and see.
"There will be 180 minutes of football, we have to play two
games and we'll see where that takes us.
"We hope to have all our players available to ensure the show
is a good one.
"Barca are used to playing under pressure, we're the reigning
champions and that gives you pressure and an advantage.
"Given that I don't believe the past affects the future, we'll go
game by game…."