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Gilberto warns: There's more to Barca than Ronaldinho

Midfielder Gilberto has warned his Arsenal team-mates not to become obsessed by Ronaldinho in tonight's Champions League final against Barcelona.

The match at the Stade de France in Paris has been billed as a clash between the best two players in the world, in Ronaldinho and Arsenal's Thierry Henry.

But Gilberto revealed there was no way he would be given the job of man-marking his Brazilian teammate with whom he will team up when Brazil attempt to defend their world crown in Germany next month.

Gilberto said: ``To stop him we need to stop all of them. If we do our job like we have done in the last couple of games we have a good chance.

``I have never played against Ronaldinho. I have only played with him for the national team. Arsenal have never asked me to mark man for man.''

Gilberto's powerful presence, however, will be crucial in protecting Arsenal's defence from a Barcelona attack which is regarded as the most lethal and exciting in club football.

But while 29-year-old Gilberto is an established and experienced World Cup winner and crucial to Arsenal's solidity, he does not intend to give the Gunners youngsters any last-minute advice.

He said: ``I don't need to tell them anything. They watch Spanish football every week. Ronaldinho and Eto'o are very important to Barcelona but they have other great players as well.

``A couple of days before a final there is a lot of pressure. The only thing I have said to the young players is enjoy the game.''

Gilberto's midfield colleague Freddie Ljungberg, meanwhile, has an explanation for why Arsenal have reached the final this season, while never having got as far as the quarter-final in previous years.

The Swedish player said: ``This season we have been the underdogs a bit more. Teams we have played against have given us a bit more space. They have let us play a bit more.

``Before, we all felt a bit strange. We had played so well in the Premiership but in the Champions League we did not get the results.''

Ljungberg's Swedish colleague, the former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson, was due to play his last match for Barcelona tonight.

He was likely to start on the bench and Ljungberg said: ``He wants to do well and show the fans he has been a good player for the club. I'm sure he will play well.''