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Arsenal vs Barcelona: Champions League Round of 16Published February 23, 2016 by Sol FH
The Gunners take Barca on tonight at 19:45 GMT from Emirates Stadium, and the home side needs all the help they can get.
La Liga league leaders, Barcelona, are at the Emirates this evening in hopes of crushing Arsenal in the first leg of their Round of 16 matches. The visitors have been rolling on a stretch of 32 games without a single loss, since back in October 2015 in all competitions. The defending Champions League Champions are huge favorites to run away with the title again this year, and with teams as inconsistent as Arsenal, it could be easier to attain than they think.
For the past five years, Arsenal has been knocked out of the Champions League in this very stage. The curse of the round of 16 weighs as heavy as the curse of being left with a 10-man squad, as the Gunners have had someone sent off in virtually all matches against the Blaugrauna. Arsene Wenger is the first person to say how good Barcelona really are and what a huge task his team faces tonight.
One of the most interesting matchups tonight will be between Lionel Messi and Petr Cech. The reigning Ballon d’Or winner has never been able to score on Cech, but with the help of Suarez and Neymar, the goalkeeper will undoubtedly be under heavy fire regularly tonight. Suarez, Messi and Neymar have 91 goals altogether. Suarez is the top Barca scorer with 41, including 4 hat-ticks and 1 quadruple. In fact, the entire Barcelona roster should instill fear into any opponent with name like Pique, Rakitic, Alves and Iniesta.
The Gunners’ woes will carry on until the second leg of the round of 16, as they face United, Swansea, Tottenham, Hull and West Brom over the next 14-days prior to a trip to Camp Nou to finish this saga.
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