2006-05-14

Arsenal is ready to win the Champions

Arsene Wenger is very confident as the Final Game is closer. The coach has told fans to expect the unexpected in Wednesday's Champions League final against Barcelona.

Indeed, he added to the anticipation surrounding the final of European soccer's elite club competition by saying Arsenal would not man-mark Barcelona dangerman Ronaldinho Gaucho. He also predicted a thriller at the Stade de France.

"They are a squad that you admire, a team that always tries to play and never has a negative approach to the game," Wenger told the press.

"I like that so much and the fact that they have players who turn games round. We all love that in the game.

"It's a clash that should be exciting because on both sides we have players who can produce the unexpected."

It's good to understand that the showdown has been dubbed the dream final with Arsenal's outstanding French striker Thierry Henry vying with Brazilian world player of the year Ronaldinho for top billing.

"We will not man mark him," Wenger said of the Brazilian genius, adding that he did not want Arsenal to pin all their hopes on Henry either.

"I don't want too much pressure on Thierry, I just want us to play well as a team. If we play well as a team Thierry will be automatically good. If we don't, Thierry will suffer" he explained.

"Remember the games against Villarreal away when our team refused to play and we suffered offensively."

Wenger, whose team laboured to fourth place in the English Premier League this season, is happy to be bracketed with the Spanish champions, but says simply being in the final for the first time is not enough.

"Everybody said the dream final is Barcelona against Arsenal which means that somewhere it is acknowledged that Arsenal and Barcelona play great football," he said.

"But fans always want more. We want to be recognised as being a team who can win the biggest trophy.

"I'm here to win this final. We don't just want to be there in the final, but we want to win the trophy and I believe we can do it."