Wenger focus moves to Barca

Wolves and Barcelona could hardly offer more different challenges,

with the former propping up the rest of the league after a 2-0

Gunners win that did little to accurately portray the gulf between

the sides. Wednesday’s Champions League opponents Barca, on the

other hand, are rated by Wenger as the best club side around.

Nevertheless he thinks the way his players – notably two-goal

match-winner Robin Van Persie, the excellent Jack Wilshere and Theo

Walcott – went about their business at the Emirates bodes well.

With Barca looming large on the horizon and the four-goal

turnaround at Newcastle last week also fresh in the memory, there

were plenty of potential distractions. “We had to stay focused, it

was important to win,” Wenger said. “We play certainly the best

team in the world next so it is important to go in strong

psychologically, with confidence and in a strong position in the

league. “We are in the Premier League race, we believe we can do it

and we have the hunger. We must focus on every single game and it

was important they showed me they can focus and not have Barcelona

on their mind. “We created a lot of chances and my only regret is

that we did not score more goals.” Wenger thinks his side learned

important lessons last season when they were knocked out of Europe

in the quarter-finals by Barca. They drew 2-2 in London before a

4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp sealed their fate and this time Wenger

believes it can be different. “When you play a team like Barcelona

you need all 11 to be at their best,” he continued. “For us it is

important we play with belief. “What we have learned from last

season is in the first half we gave them too much respect, we were

lucky to get away with that (in the home leg). “We are not

favourites in this game but I think we can do it.”