What the papers say: Barca chief blasts Arsenal star

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The SunCesc: I’ve never played at the Nou Camp. This will be an epic... I can’t wait
I'VE never played in the Nou Camp before and this will be one of the most exciting nights of my career. To finally have the chance to take to the pitch at this mythical stadium is something I cannot fully describe.

The Daily Mirror - Guardiola not worried by Arsenal's big guns
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola welcomed the late addition of Robin van Persie to Arsenal's squad for tomorrow night's Champions League showdown at the Nou Camp - and would have no problem were Theo Walcott to be jetted out to Spain as well.

The Daily MailSecond rate! Guardiola tells Wilshere he'd only make the Barca reserves
Arsenal's Champions League clash was at boiling point here after Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola dismissed midfielder Jack Wilshere as a second-rate player who would not get in his first team.

ARSENE WENGER is considering gambling on playing Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie against Barcelona tonight. Arsenal manager Wenger admitted he is taking a risk by rushing Fabregas back from his hamstring injury and made the shock decision to take Van Persie to Spain despite ruling out the striker with a knee problem less than 24 hours earlier.

BARCELONA boss Pep Guardiola last night mocked Champions League rivals Arsenal – and claimed Jack Wilshere is only good enough for the Spanish club’s reserves.

The Independent - Van Persie set for shock return as Wenger aims to storm Nou Camp
Arsene Wenger revealed last night that he was considering bringing back Robin van Persie four weeks ahead of schedule to play in tonight's Champions League last 16 second-leg game against Barcelona in what represents a major gamble with the striker's long-term fitness.

The GuardianArsène Wenger says Arsenal cannot park the bus against Barcelona
Arsenal are set to go on the attack at Camp Nou after Arsène Wenger warned that their 2-1 lead over Barcelona is undefendable. As if to reinforce the point Wenger included one of his goalscorers from the first leg, Robin van Persie, in his squad despite the striker suffering what seemed a serious knee ligament injury in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham City.

The Daily TelegraphPep Guardiola risks adding fuel to visitors' Champions League desire
It speaks volumes for the immense size of Arsenal’s task here that Barcelona’s coach, Pep Guardiola, argued cogently that one of the stars of the visitors’ season, Jack Wilshere, had many peers here – in Barcelona’s reserves. Hold the “Cocky Catalan” headlines, though.

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