Barcelona legend claims Sanchez’s unpredictability is Arsenal’s biggest strength

Alexis Sanchez is said to be Arsenal’s biggest threat to Barcelona’s bid to become the first team to retain the Champions League

Barcelona travel to London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, for the first leg of the Champions League knockout rounds.

Iniesta has pinpointed their opponents most likely danger, and it comes in the form of former team-mate Alexis Sanchez.

“What makes Alexis so dangerous is that he is unpredictable,” the Spaniard told Arsenal’s official website. “When he dribbles, when he attacks, he is a very strong player.

“He’s got skill and when he has the ball he always creates doubts. In that sense, we have to try to make him feel uncomfortable on the field and try to minimise his strengths.”

Despite Barca’s strong record against Arsenal, and Luis Enrique’s side coming into the game on the back of a 32-match unbeaten run, Iniesta does not expect the tie to be straightforward.

He added: “Arsenal are known for having a style of play, a way of understanding football through having the ball. I also think that the type of players that their coach or that Arsenal look for are very similar.

“I think their strong spots are their quality, their talent and the way they play. The way they attack, the way they combine. I think they’re a very dangerous opponent in that sense.”

Updated: February 22, 2016 — 12:00 pm
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