Andres Iniesta admits Barcelona will try to nullify Alexis Sanchez's threat

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FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has urged his teammates to guard against the threat of Alexis Sanchez when the Catalan giants meet Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.

The Gunners host Luis Enrique's men tonight for their round of sixteen first leg tie at the Emirates and the clash presents Sanchez with the opportunity to make a statement against his former employers.

Iniesta knows all about Sanchez and hopes his teammates will keep a close eye on the blistering Chilean.


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"What makes Alexis so dangerous is that he is unpredictable," the Barcelona captain said. "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."

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Sanchez left Barcelona in 2014 to join the Gunners in a deal worth £35 million and has been one of manager Arsene Wenger's best players ever since. The Chilean recently came out saying he has no regrets about leaving Camp Nou and that he is loving life in north London.

As mentioned by Iniesta, the 27-year-old is well known for his dribbling ability and a keen eye for goal. He is gifted with pace, agility and an excellent technical ability, meaning even the European giants may face a tough task in keeping him quiet.

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However, Sanchez has struggled for form since making his return from a long-term injury. The forward has scored just one goal this year, taking his overall tally to ten goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season.

Sanchez will look to shrug off his injury concerns and hit the exceptional form that earned him Arsenal's Player of the Year award last season. Gunners fans will be hoping to see him display that sort of form tonight whilst Iniesta and company will have the difficult task of limiting his impact.

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