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Arsenal vs Barcelona. UCL. Round of 16. Preview

 

23 February 2016, 20:45 GMT+1

Venue: Arsenal (Emirates) Stadium, London, England

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir, Turkey

Stating with quotes…

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I tell Messi, Suarez, Neymar ‘acadabra’ and the magic sparks — that is all I do! Luis Enrique

We will have less of the ball than against Hull, but we have to make the most of it. Arsene Wenger

Head to Head. These teams are constant opponents during the last years in UCL. Here are the statistics for last 5 games.

08.03.11 Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal
16.02.11 Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona
06.04.10 Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal
31.03.10 Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona
17.05.06 Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal

 

Starting from UCL final lost in 2006, karma has turned away from Arsenal while facing Barcelona. In 2011, however, Arsenal managed to win at home, but was not able to hold the priority during the away game. The Gunners won against Guardiola’s phenomenal Barcelona, maybe they will be able to compete against the magical “blaugrana” trident.

The current forms and everything you need to know about the teams. Both of the teams are in a very good form now, and are having a very successful season. Let us look at some details.

Arsenal

Coach: Arsene Wenger

Team P W D L Goals Last 5 games Pts
3 Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41-23 D_L_D_W_W 51

 

  • Arsenal shares the second place with Tottenham in the first league of Europe, and is only 2 points below Leicester.
  • Arsenal is the only team who managed to win the EPL leader Leicester in both of the matches so far.
  • Rosicky, Wilshere, Arteta and Cazorla are injured and will not take part in the game.
  • Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has the most number of assists in EPL – 17.

Probable lineup for the game

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Barcelona

Coach: Luis Enrique

Team P W D L Goals Last 5 games Pts
1 Barcelona 26 20 3 2 67-20 W_W_W_W_W 63

 

  • Barcelona has a winning series of 32 games in all competitions.
  • Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has the most number of goals (25) and assists (10) in Spanish La Liga.
  • Barcelona has scored at least 2 goals in 6 out of 7 last games against Arsenal.
  • Barcelona is 8 points ahead the second position Atletico Madrid.
  • Arda Turan (disqualification) and Rafinha (injury) will miss the game.

Probable lineup for the game

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Special Relationships. Let us consider the most interesting connections between the teams.

Sanchez and Barcelona

ArsenalSmall1Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez left Barcelona to join Arsenal. In the Catalan club the Chilean international was not shining bright and, most probably, he will do anything possible to show his previous club what a treasure was wasted. Important to mention that defenders Mikel Arteta and Hector Bellerin also were a part of “blaugrana” family, however, both were not able to make their way to the senior team.

Vermaelen and Arsenal

ArsenalSmall2Barcelona defender spent 5 years in Arsenal and won an FA Cup. He was one of the key defenders in Wenger’s squad, and his departure was a shock for Arsenal fans. However, the career at Barcelona is not going well yet, and Vermaelen is not likely to appear on the pitch

Messi and Cech

Arsenal1ChechIt is not a secret that Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has never scored against Peter Cech. However, at that time the Chech international was playing for Chelsea. The Blues showed a very defensive football, and Barcelona in generl had a hard time scoring against them. So, this clash will reveal if the magic lies within the hands of the goalkeeper, or it is a matter of coincidence.

Finishing with a quote…

It’s not easy for my team, Arsenal, but on the other hand I love Barca a lot. It’s very difficult. It won’t be easy, but I’m going with Barca. Thierry Henry