Kim Little calls on Arsenal to learn from Barcelona defeats in Wolfsburg quarter-final

Kim Little has called on Arsenal to learn from the heavy defeats they suffered at the hands of Barcelona in this season’s Champions League ahead of their quarter-final clash with Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening.

The Gunners lost 4-1 to the European champions in the opening round of group stage fixtures, before being beaten 4-0 at the Emirates in December.

Despite the comprehensive losses, Arsenal progressed to the quarter finals as group runners up, and were rewarded with a draw against two-time European champions Wolfsburg.

“We’re obviously disappointed with both of the results against Barcelona and mostly our performance,” Little said. “The results told one picture but I think we all know as individuals in the team we didn’t perform how we wanted to.

“I think going into the game tomorrow being braver and more collective and learning from that experience to make sure when it comes to these slightly different games to what we’re used to in the league to make sure we turn up and perform to our best which is what will be required tomorrow to win the match.”

The fixture is a tantalising matchup, with both sides currently sitting top of their respective divisions.

Arsenal finished their Champions League group stage campaign in disappointing fashion. They followed their loss at the Emirates with a 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim. However, they are currently nine unbeaten in the WSL, and were at their free-flowing best during their recent 3-0 win over Brighton. Little has called on her team to take their league form into Wednesday evening’s European fixture.

“We’re in a really good place in terms of the flow and our performances and our results over the past few months,” the Arsenal captain added. “The Champions League is a very different competition to the league and we need to be aware of that.

“Towards the end of the year last year our performances in the Champions League weren’t good enough so we definitely need to be mindful of that. I think we need to take confidence in where we’re currently at as a team and how we’re playing, but also mindful of upping our performance because it is a slightly different tournament.”

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