Arsenal need to keep Luis Suarez silent if they want to beat holders Barcelona in the Champions League, says manager Arsene Wenger. Gunners are going to host Barca in the first leg of their last-16 game on Tuesday. Luis Enrique’s team have not been beaten in their last 32 league and cup games. Suarez has scored 12 goals in his last seven outings and also three hat-tricks in last nine outings. “Suarez is such type of guy who is able to make that spirit in teams,” said Wenger, who made an effort to sign the striker at Arsenal in July 2013 when he was at Liverpool.
Suarez’s teammates Lionel Messi, 28, and Neymar are also expected to be a part of Barcelona team against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Messi has put seven goals in his last six league and cup games, whereas Neymar, 24, scored the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Las Palmas after which they are eight points clear at the top of La Liga. 29 years old Suarez is the top scorer in La Liga with 25 goals and Wenger added: “It is essential for us to keep him silent on Tuesday night.
When the question was asked from Wenger about the features of Suarez which he delivers to a team, he replied “Camaraderie”. I believe that apart from the personal skills the three have, they have an excellent knowing and communication,” added the Frenchman. “I believe Suarez provides that to a team. He did it at Liverpool, he did it playing with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan [for Uruguay] and did it well. We have to examine what we do and do it well and together. Separately all their players are hard to quit. We have to discover a way to do it jointly.”