Flamini: Arsenal Don’t Want Barcelona

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According to Matthieu Flamini, Arsenal are hoping not to get Barcelona in the knockout stages.

Due to finishing second in their group, Arsenal will draw against one of the top teams in Europe.

And with Barcelona always playing nemesis, Flamini hopes they don’t get them.

“We obviously don’t want Barcelona as they are a top team but for the rest, we will see,” the 31-year-old told reporters.

Arsene Wenger’s men bowed out in a defeat to Monaco last season but Flamini is confident the shock result was simply a blip, adding: “We played Monaco last year and we thought it would maybe a bit easier and it was not the case.

“So whoever we play, we will give 100 per cent.”

Arsenal secured progress from the group stages with a 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the final round, and the midfielder believes such performances bode well for their ambitions this term.

“It was a good performance against Olympiakos and we showed great team spirit. We had the chance to prove to everyone we have the qualities of being a top team in the Champions League,” he continued.

“We did it, playing some good football. It was a good test for us to see if we had the personality and character to have a positive result.”



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