Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky looking forward to Champions League clash with Barcelona but rues absence of Robin van Persie

Czech ace anticipating entertaining affair with Barca...
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has admitted that he is relishing taking on Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final as two of Europe's most entertaining sides go head-to-head.

The Catalans triumphed 2-1 over the Gunners in the 2006 Champions League final and Rosicky is anticipating a similarly tight and ultimately aesthetically pleasing encounter.

"Fans should really be looking forward to this tie as it will be a crowd-puller," he told

"Both sides have the same football philosophy and desire to entertain football fans. Naturally, the players are looking forward to it as well."

The Czech Republic international went on to express his delight at the likely return of influential skipper Cesc Fabregas for the meeting with West Ham United on Saturday, although equally admitted his dismay at Robin van Persie's continued absence.

"Definitely [it's encouraging to have Fabregas back to fitness], although we would love to have Robin back in action now," he added.

"As for me, I am ready to play this Saturday. My absence in the Hull game was not caused by any big trouble - just slight pain in my groin, but now I'm fit."

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