Arsene Wenger: Arsenal Have The Belief To Finish The Barcelona Job

Emirates boss praises his team’s maturity and knows his team has the belief to win in the Nou Camp.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed his side’s performance against Barcelona and admitted his pride in beating a ‘special team’.

The Gunners launched a memorable comeback with late goals from Robin Van Persie and Andrey Arshavin cancelling out David Villa’s first-half strike.

Wenger believes the victory will give Arsenal a mental advantage over the La Liga champions and heaped praise on his team’s new found physical and psychological strength.

It is one of the most exciting nights because it was against a special team. The game promised a lot and I think it fulfilled all the promises, it was an exceptional match between two special teams,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“I am proud with the mental strength we have shown because against Barcelona you are sometimes on the border of being exposed. We never gave up and that mental strength allowed us to win the tie.

“In the second half we were tighter in our marking, pushed much more in and played higher up. They dropped a little bit physically and we didn’t and that was in the end the difference.

“We scored two special goals, one an individual piece of skill from Robin van Persie and the other a collective build-up.

“I don’t know how big the chance is (of progressing to the quarter-finals). I am convinced of one thing, the team will give absolutely everything to achieve it.

“We will go there with belief. It is a big boost for the team to know we can beat a side like Barcelona. You could see we are different team mentally, we are now more mature.”

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