Alves: Arsenal's an attacking team
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Barcelona right-back Dani Alves believes Arsenal will remain true to their attacking instincts in Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg tie at the Nou Camp.

The Gunners came from behind at the Emirates in the first leg last month to secure a famous 2-1 victory and will progress to the quarter-finals at the expense of Barcelona if they avoid defeat at the Nou Camp on Tuesday. But Alves is sure both teams will set out to attack.

"It will be the same Arsenal as ever - an attacking team," Alves said. "That's the way they play and I don't think they know any other way."

Barcelona beat a defensive-minded Real Zaragoza 1-0 in La Liga last night, having defeated Valencia by an identical scoreline at Mestalla in the Primera Division on Wednesday.

"I don't think Arsenal know how to play like Zaragoza did," Alves said. "But nor do we - against Zaragoza we carried on attacking and not once did we sit back."

The Catalans won the Champions League in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge, two years ago, but exited at the semi-final stage against Inter Milan last season after failing to overturn a first-leg deficit at the Nou Camp. Alves hopes his side will have learnt from that experience.

"We will look to play as we always do, enjoying our football and without changing the way we are, but we must make sure we have learnt from the experience of last year against Inter," Alves said.

Inter, then coached by Jose Mourinho, employed an ultra-defensive system to thwart Barcelona. But goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who made a timely return from injury against Zaragoza, expects a very different game on Tuesday.

"They are different teams with different philosophies," said Valdes. "I don't think it will be the same type of game."

It will be the same Arsenal as ever - an attacking team.
Dani Alves, Barcelona defender

Barcelona and Arsenal also met in the Champions League knockout stages last season. Then, in the quarter-finals, Guardiola's side thrashed the Gunners 4-1 at the Nou Camp with Lionel Messi scoring all four goals after the two sides had drawn 2-2 in London.

With a one-goal deficit to overcome this time around, Seydou Keita believes a strong start is needed for his side on Tuesday.

"It's the biggest game of the year for us," the midfielder said. "And it's vital we make a strong start."

Keita, who scored the winner against Zaragoza on Saturday, believes defensive solidity could be the key on Tuesday.

"We have to keep a clean sheet," he said. "If we manage to shut them out then I'm sure that, with [the quality of] Messi, [David] Villa and Pedro, we'll score."

Nevertheless, Guardiola will be unable to field either of his first-choice central defenders on Tuesday. Captain Carles Puyol had been expected to return from a knee injury, but the Spain defender is still unfit, while Gerard Pique is suspended.

Midfielder Sergio Busquets may therefore be asked to drop back to central defence on Tuesday, with full-back Eric Abidal set to move across from the left. Busquets was an unused substitute against Zaragoza, while Abidal, Andres Iniesta and David Villa all came on for brief appearances late on.

"We were able to rest a few players and we'll be in good shape for the Arsenal game," assistant coach Tito Vilanova said.

Vilanova filled in for Guardiola at the club's post-match press conference on Saturday as the Barcelona coach returned to hospital for more treatment on his slipped disc. Guardiola missed training on Sunday and was set for a fifth successive night in hospital. However, the coach is expected to appear alongside Busquets at tomorrow's press conference ahead of the game against Arsenal.