Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola maintains Arsenal have what it takes to win the Champions League sooner or later.
Guardiola collected European football's top prize in his first season in charge two years ago, and will be out to overturn a 2-1 deficit at the Nou Camp tonight to reach the quarter-finals. Arsenal may have suffered the bitter disappointment of defeat in the Carling Cup final at Wembley to Birmingham, but they remain very much in the hunt to end their six-season trophy drought.
And Guardiola said: "Arsenal are always in the top, when you compete every season at the top, it is because they are quality."
He added: "I keep hearing about the fragility in the minds of the Arsenal players, but I do not agree.
"They are competing with Manchester United for the Premier League, reached the final of the Carling Cup and a few seasons ago were in the final of the Champions League.
"Sometimes they sell players, but Arsenal always keep the same level.
"Many teams arrive at the top for one year, but then are finished. Arsenal are there every season.
"For many years they have kept up there, and that is the real merit.
"Yes, they lack something, but they are a young team.
"When they win the first time, they will change the mentality, they will realise they are good."
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