Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is relishing the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Catalan outfit won the competition in stunning fashion last season and are the bookmakers favourites to retain the trophy.
Fabregas, who came through the youth ranks at Camp Nou before moving to Arsenal, insists that it the match represents an excellent opportunity for Arsene Wenger’s team to show what they are capable of.
“If you want to win this competition, you have to beat everyone who is coming,” he said.
“If we had been drawn against Bordeaux or Lyon we would have taken it the same way.
“Barcelona is a great team, but we always go with the same mentality and that is to win.
“We are going to play against the best team in Europe, probably in the world.
“The boys are really looking forward to it as it is another opportunity to play against a great team in a great stadium. It will be very exciting.”
Fabregas’s Arsenal, meanwhile, are chasing the Premier League title after beating West Ham 2-0 at the weekend.
“At the moment we have won nothing,” he declared.
“We are not thinking about being champions. We are only thinking about Birmingham next week.
“There is a lot of time to think about Barcelona.
“Our first priority is Birmingham and that it is the sign of champions, taking things game by game.”