Pique issues Gunners warning
Gerard Pique has warned Arsenal that Barcelona are ready to end their Champions League hopes again.
Last Updated: 12/01/11 9:42am
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has warned Arsenal that they are ready to end their Champions League hopes again.
The Spanish giants overcame Arsenal in the quarter-finals last season with Lionel Messi netting four goals in the second leg at Camp Nou.
Former Manchester United man Pique believes Messi, who has just been crowned World Player of the Year for a second year in a row, is ready to inflict more pain on Arsenal in their last 16 meeting in February.
"Leo is the best in the world. He's hugely important for Barcelona,'' Pique told The Sun. "When you win titles you can feel that happiness and you really want to have the same feeling again.
"So we have the same hunger for titles like the Champions League two years ago. We're confident of winning against Arsenal."
Pique was one of six Barca players named in the Fifa/FIFPRO world XI and he admits the plaudits lauded on him and his team-mates can only boost their confidence.
"These awards give us a tremendous boost to our confidence ahead of the Arsenal games,'' he said. ''We want to win the Champions League again and we are confident we can do it.
"When you see your work is recognised in this way and you are in these type of meetings with so many great players you want to be there every year. You have to work hard and fight to be here. We are ready for that."