Pep Guardiola insists Barcelona will not betray their attacking instincts when they face Arsenal in Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Emirates Stadium.

Armed with a star-studded squad, including in-form Argentina international Lionel Messi and former Arsenal skipper Thierry Henry, the Barca coach is determined to try and take a lead back to Spain for the return leg.

"Arsenal will be playing to their strengths and we will play to ours," said Guardiola. "We all know that scoring an away goal is very important for the return leg. So we will have an attacking intention and will defend in a very aggressive manner, in the right sense of the word. We will try to score, that is our main idea, it is very important."

While Arsenal have doubts about the fitness of Cesc Fabregas, Barca will be without influential midfielder Andres Iniesta, but his absence will not see Guardiola abandon his positive approach.

He added: "We need to defend well but you cannot defend well if you do not attack well. It is very important to score a goal away from home.

"My players are motivated. We are talking about the best teams in Europe. To be here, in the quarters, is a privilege. We are very lucky to be here because we had a difficult group.

"We will try and win this game. That is what we will do - get the ball and attack."

Guardiola did not appear at all concerned about the fitness of former Barcelona youngster Fabregas.

The Gunner has a "slight" chance of recovering from a knee injury in time to play but Guardiola does not believe that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is trying to hoodwink him.

"If Mr. Wenger is saying that Cesc might not be playing, he will have his reasons," said Guardiola. "I know that Cesc is a very good player and obviously it is better for them if he plays."

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