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Champions League: Arsenal eye revenge against Barcelona

Arsenal FC will welcome back their record scorer Thierry Henry as FC Barcelona come Wednesday evening to town for a quarter-final that gives the Gunners the chance to avenge their 2006 final defeat, uefa.com informs.


Thierry Henry will face his old club Arsenal FC when FC Barcelona visit north London for the quarter-final first leg in a repeat of the 2006 UEFA Champions League final. Henry set new scoring records during eight years at Arsenal although the home side will be more focused on Barcelona, who shattered Arsenal`s dream of a first European crown four years ago in Paris.


The Gunners` skipper Cesc Fabregas faces his old club too having left Barcelona for Arsenal in 2003. Barcelona came from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1 in the 2006 UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France. The clubs also met in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, drawing 1-1 in Barcelona before the Catalan giants won 4-2 at Wembley. Arsenal will look to maintain their impressive run of home form, having recorded five straight wins in this season`s UEFA Champions League, play-off round included. Arsene Wenger`s men took their home goals` tally to 16 in five games when beating FC Porto 5-0 to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit in the first knockout round. Also on Wednesday evening, FC Internazionale Milano go into their quarter-final against PFC CSKA Moskva keen to build on their defeat of Chelsea FC, but the visitors` away form suggests they should not be taken lightly.


Inter eye first semifinal in 7 years


FC Internazionale Milano will aim to scratch a seven-year itch when they take on PFC CSKA Moskva in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Inter have not featured in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals since 2003 but their unbeaten home record this season should ensure Jose Mourinho`s men enter this contest confident of taking a step closer to the last four. If Inter can draw further confidence from the manner of their impressive last-16 defeat of Chelsea FC, so Leonid Slutsky`s CSKA will take heart from some fine displays on their travels in a campaign which has taken them into the uncharted territory of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Inter came out on top when these teams met in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage. The Serie A side won 2-1 in Moscow in October 2007, overturning the first-half lead given to their hosts by Jô through goals from Hernán Crespo and Walter Samuel after the break.


The other quarter finals, Lyon vs Bordeaux and Bayern Munchen vs Man. United took place on Tuesday night, after this edition went to print.

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