The attacking midfielder feels the Vicente Calderon side have the quality to compete with the Catalans, while adding they can match Europe's finest, too
Atletico are level on points with the Blaugrana ahead of Saturday's La Liga encounter and Arda has stressed they have no reason to fear Barcelona.
"Atletico are at the same level as Barcelona. The only thing is that we have a different style of play," Arda told El Mundo Deportivo.
"Barcelona enjoy a lot of possession and exchange a lot of passes, whereas we are very strong in defence and then launch quick counterattacks."
The Turkey international then went on to discuss his side's chances in the Champions League and feels they can spring a surprise in Europe, too.
"I think that Atletico are on par with teams like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The only thing that separates us is the style of play," he said.
"We have the same style as the Chelsea of Jose Mourinho that won a lot of titles. I believe that we can win it all, but we realise that we still have a long way to go."
Atletico meet AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16.