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Arsene Wenger Hopes Leo Messi Has a Complex About Playing Against Petr Cech

Arsene Wenger Hopes Leo Messi Has a Complex About Playing Against Petr Cech

Arsenal take on Barcelona in the Champions League tomorrow night, and Arsene Wenger reckons he might have an ace up his sleeve when it comes to stopping the Spanish champions.

The Catalan giants are currently eight points clear at the La Liga summit, and are currently homing in on historic back-to-back trebles.

It seems like there’s no stopping the formidable trident of Leo Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, with the trio tearing up every team they play against.

Suarez has 41 goals in 37 appearances this season, whilst Messi has 27 in 30 and Neymar has 23 in 32.

But Wenger reckons at least one of the fearsome attackers could be thrown off his game – by the presence of Petr Cech.

He may have won the Ballon d’Or five times, as well as just about every trophy under the sun, but Leo Messi has NEVER scored into Arsenal’s goalkeeper.

Messi has faced Cech in EIGHT previous meetings during the goalie’s time at Chelsea, and even crashed a penalty against the crossbar in the Nou Camp during the 2012 Champions League final.

And Wenger admits he’s counting on Messi having sleepless nights at the thought of facing the imposing stopper.

Speaking via The Mirror, he said: “I hope that will give Cech a lot of confidence and will keep him quiet.

“I hope that Messi will have a little complex and the history will play for us and against Messi.”

Speaking during an interview last December, Cech admits he’s all too aware of the record, and admits he’s surprised by it.

He’s previously said: “I didn’t realise myself for a long time but, last time we played them somebody found out, and then he missed a penalty and we managed to go to the final and we went on to win the Champions League.

“It’s great, not many people can say they’ve played eight games or how many minutes against Messi and he hasn’t found a way to get past me.

“But, as I said, if he scores and we progress to the next round then it’s not really important. What’s important is for us to make sure that we give ourselves a chance to progress to the next round.

“As long as we keep progressing, if he scores a hat trick and we go through, then I won’t mind.”

The two teams meet in the first-leg at The Emirates tomorrow evening, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

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