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Van Persie's talking out of his Barca.

Byline: Brian Reade

SOMETIMES you read a quote from a player which makes you wonder if a Mickey Finn was slipped into his post-match energy drink.

Like this one from Robin van Persie after Arsenal squeezed past Partizan Belgrade into the Champions League last 16 - "We can beat anyone now. I'd love to play Barcelona."

That's the same Partizan Belgrade who finished the group with these stats: Won 0, drew 0, lost 6. Who let in 13 and managed to double their goal haul by grabbing one at the Emirates, which made Arsenal sweat about qualification until 17 minutes to go.

And the same Barca who have only one weakness - set your team up to stifle them over two legs and you might get lucky. But if you fancy taking them on at football, they will bury you.

Which probably makes Arsenal their first-choice opponents in next week's draw. Beware what you wish for, Robin. You might just get it.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2010
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