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Arsenal need trophies to match Barcelona: Ibrahimovic

AFP/The Local · 31 Mar 2010, 07:56

Published: 31 Mar 2010 07:56 GMT+02:00

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Ibrahimovic is a self-confessed admirer of Arsene Wenger's side and he believes Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final clash between his Spanish

champions and the Gunners should provide plenty of magic moments for the vast

global audience.

Arsenal's fluent style of play is often compared with the breathtaking stuff produced by Barca's galaxy of stars.

But the 28-year-old Swede insists Arsenal need to deliver silverware as well as entertainment before they are worthy of comparison with Josep Guardiola's team.

"When I saw the draw I said immediately the whole world will see two fantastic matches. These two teams are the ones we like to watch," Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday.

"But at the same time it is more important to win titles. If you don't, people say these teams don't win by playing that way and maybe they should change their style."

"Personally I like Arsenal because they have a lot of good young players and play good football."

Ibrahimovic has 18 goals in 33 appearances for Barca this season, but the former Inter Milan, Juventus and Ajax star has struggled to make any impact during previous meetings with English clubs.

He cut a subdued figure as Inter crashed out of the Champions League against Liverpool and Manchester United in the last two campaigns.

Yet he is adamant he has nothing to prove to an English audience after winning six league titles in the last six seasons.

"I think I haven't performed my best in games against English teams," he said. "But the last time was with Inter against Manchester United and it is harder playing for Italian teams against English teams because Italian teams are more concerned with not conceding."

"Obviously Barcelona saw what they bought. I had five fantastic years in Italy and played in Holland before that."

"The people who know football know the way I can play and I don't think I have to demonstrate that to anybody."

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"I have six league titles in a row so I don't know how much more I have to prove after that. But I came to Spain to win more important titles and keep improving myself."

"When people criticise you, you hear it from somebody even if you don't read it but the biggest criticism is from myself. I have had hard times but I'm playing well now."

Although Barca play the second leg of this last eight tie on home turf at the Nou Camp, Ibrahimovic says they will go in search of an away goal or two at the Emirates.

"Barcelona's mentality is always attack, attack. It is very important to score an away goal and if we can win that would be great. At home or away we always try to win," he said.

"I think Barcelona are the favourites because we are the European champions. Wherever we go we are the favourites. We have a good team who can win whoever we play."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:56 March 31, 2010 by Elton John
Hear, hear!
09:08 March 31, 2010 by hansel
How many trophies has Zlatan won in his career?
10:18 March 31, 2010 by Kronaboy
He's jealous, he wants to be a Gooner.
10:21 March 31, 2010 by Elton John
hansel: http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zlatan_Ibrahimovi%C4%87#Meriter
10:54 March 31, 2010 by flintis

Not as many as his ex-Arsenal team mate the late great Thierry Henry
10:56 March 31, 2010 by sherkovic
Zlatan when you moved to Inter from Juve...what had Intermilan won in last 15 years at that time???
11:04 March 31, 2010 by Jauman
who the hell is gealous to be a gunner when you play in the best team of the world??

and 6 escudettos in six seasons must mean something...

Arsenal have been already by Barça(for example in Paris), and usually is arsenal players who are willing to come to Bcn not the oposite.
11:52 March 31, 2010 by scrawler
Zlatan is the best player in the world...! this year Barcelona is gona win the champions league ...!!
12:23 March 31, 2010 by sherkovic
Juman@ I agree to what you say.

When arsenal dont need players they usually dump them off to Barcelona and given the quality at Arsenal and their pace Barca is usually very happy to take such players.

For eg: Henry scored 265 goals for Arsenal but we all know how well he's doing at Barca.

Hleb: Arsenal ditched Hleb and get in Arshavin. The whole world now know who is better.

Van Bronkorst: ditched by gunners to Barca which gave space to Cole. Everyone now knows how good cole is and no one really knows who is Van B.

However, Arsenal is really good in picking up young guys who no one believes in and unearth them into real jewel of world football.

For eg: Cesc Fabregas and Fran Marieda (both picked up from Barca youth)

Barca is indeed one of the greatest club in the history of football and Arsenal cant match them but considering the funds that Wenger had at his disposal, if that were the case with Barca they would have been reeling somewhere in relegation zone and not winning trophies!! mwahh!! peace!
12:35 March 31, 2010 by WelshSwede
Scrawler! What have you been drinking? Zlatan is over rated, when he is up against quality defenders mainly english teams he is nowhere to be seen.
15:11 March 31, 2010 by DAVID T
Zlaten is thick as two short planks and he's a crap footballer
23:24 March 31, 2010 by Elton John
DAVID T and WelshSwede: Please repeat what you guys just said.
09:36 April 1, 2010 by WelshSwede
Of course, weren't you able to read it first time?

Scrawler! What have you been drinking? Zlatan is over rated, when he is up against quality defenders mainly english teams he is nowhere to be seen.

Zlatan, 11th attempt with three different clubs against an english team and finally scores, his 20th of the Season???? Elton, your as naive as the Swedish press, he scores I think 4 in his first four games for Barcelona and the press even has the audactiy to compare him and say he is better than Maradona when he played at Barca as his Goal Ratio is a goal a game. Yet, this comparison is on 4 games!!!!!!! If I played for a team as good as Barcelona, if I didnt hit 20 goals a season, I'd hang my shirt.

So come back when you have a good argument or just stay in bed with Mr Furnish.
14:30 April 1, 2010 by Elton John
WelshSwede, In what way am I naïve? Your straw man arguments are so amazing (April, you fool!)! I never mentioned Maradona. I never used any arguments. As to your ranting about swedish press (Aftonbladet?) comparing him to Maradona, what do you expect from Aftonbladet and Expressen? They tend to raise people like Zlatan, Kalla, Jonsson to the sky. You should calm down and not take that too seriously. You should also take it easy with the exclamation marks and question marks, it just makes you look silly. Ok?

So lets try this: He is overrated according to which standard? Don't tell me you are using Expressen as a rôle model here. Who knows, maybe Expressen is your main source of information... Geez.

One thing is for sure, he was *seen* yesterday with two beautiful goals. I guess your respond to this is something along the line "Arsenal defenders are not directly quality stuff". Ahhhh, excuses, excuses, excuses...
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