Barcelona vs Arsenal : Match review and full analysis
Arsenal could not make the impossible possible last Wednesday night as Barcelona’s renowned trident all scored to knock the Gunners right out of the Champions League played at the Nou Camp.
Many did not bother to give Arsene Wenger’s men even a prayer given Barcelona’s 37-game undefeated run heading into a contest in which the Gunners required to score three times in the Barcelona vs Arsenal encounter to go through this round.
They put up a spirited fight against a hosting side who, in truth, played the game mostly in second gear and secured a 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from Neymar, Lionel Messi and a fabulous Luis Suarez volley — taking the trio’s combined goal count to 106 for the season — with Mohamed Elneny somehow getting Arsenal on the scoresheet of the Barcelona vs Arsenal clash.
Wenger conceded his squad needed to achieve the impossible to go past the round of 16 stage for the first time since 2010 but, in spite of a brave effort, it was really not to be.
Arsenal started with well intended confidence, unlike that of a side that has won just twice in their last eight matches, and Welbeck should have done lots better when played in on goal by Mesut Ozil, although the former Manchester United man stumbled rather disappointingly and was lucky to win a corner.
Koscielny was caught in the possession of the ball looking to play out from the back and Suarez found full advantage, playing the ball into Neymar, who clinically finished low past Ospina.
Suarez finished off the tie with a great volley, connecting sweetly with Dani Alves’ cross to arrow his outstanding strike past a helpless Ospina.
The German stopper also kept out Giroud’s follow-up attempt as the visitors pushed for a result on the night of the Barcelona vs Arsenal game, but Barcelona were not yet finished as Messi lifted over Ospina to put the icing on the cake.