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Davis Villa would like to play against Arsenal in the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners take on the Catalan giants in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday and Villa, who moved to Barca from Valencia in the summer, is full of praise for the north London club.

“As a spectator I like the way Arsenal play with quick one or two-touch football,” he told the Independent.

“Their style would have suited me well. I also had friends at Liverpool and from what I have heard from team-mates, players learn a lot when playing under Rafa Benitez, but that did not happen.”

Villa also praised Tottenham’s progress in this season’s Champions League and admitted their run to the last 16 of the competition has not been a surprise.

Spurs face AC Milan in the first leg of their first knockout round tie on Tuesday and the Spaniard insists Harry Redknapp’s side have a number of “very good players”.