Arsenal Secretary David Miles: We Will Attack Barcelona In The Champions League Last 16

Gunners draw Catalans again
After drawing Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, Arsenal secretary David Miles was still full of optimism, and promised his side would take the game to the Spanish giants.

The two teams drew each other in the quarter-final stage last season but the Catalans gave the Gunners a lesson in the second leg with Lionel Messi inspiring the home side to a 4-1 win after a 2-2 first leg draw.

But Miles, who was in Nyon to see the draw, is looking forward to this season's clash.

"Every draw would have been hard, but obviously if were being honest, Barcelona are the form team probably in Europe at the moment," he told Sky Sports News.

"But we will take them on, we're looking forward to two good games, two great teams playing attacking football, and look forward to it."

Last year's drubbing was tough for the Gunners to take, but Miles believes his club have learnt from the experience.

"The last couple of times we played Barcelona they have got the better of us so it's about time we turned the tables on them, and hopefully we can progress instead of them this year," he said.

"You obviously want to go to the second leg with at least a couple of goals, under your belt if you can, and we will hope to take them on, attack them, and just do that."

In 2006 Arsenal reached the Champions League final after progressing in second place from their group and beat Real Madrid in the last 16 on their way to a final defeat to Barca.

"I think it is a good omen," he added. "We're not too much of a superstitious club but we'd love to think that we can get through to the final. [With the final] being in London it would be suitable for us to get there and we'll keep our fingers crossed for that eventuality.

"I think it's going to be two great games as it was last year when we played them, two sides play attacking football, its probably the tie of the round."

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