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Wenger backs his understudies
06 Apr 2010 - 08:17:37
Arsene Wenger believes there is still enough quality in his injury-ravaged Arsenal squad to overcome Barcelona in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg encounter.
Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky is the latest injury doubt ahead of the clash with the reigning European champions at the Camp Nou.
Rosicky was caught on the calf by Karl Henry during Saturday's Premier League victory at the Emirates Stadium with a tackle which led to the Wolves captain being sent off.
Should the midfielder fail to prove his fitness then he will join the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin, William Gallas, Alex Song and Robin van Persie on a lengthy list of absentees.
However, with the tie balanced on a knife-edge following last week's 2-2 first-leg draw, Wenger believes the side he will send out on Tuesday night will still have enough quality to overcome the Spanish giants.
"What gives me belief is the quality of players I still have on the pitch. I still have some good players to leave out," said the Frenchman.
"Denilson had a very good start to the season, then he had a little dip. Now he's coming back very strong.
"Nasri has developed very well this season, step by step. Diaby has become a very important player in our squad as well.
"They can turn up with a massive performance. This team has character and when you have character you always have hope.
"We have character and quality. With character and quality you can fight anywhere in the world."