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Van Persie scores versus Barcelona
Perhaps the greatest victory for Arsenal at their new stadium occurred on February 16th, 2011.
Unable to secure the top spot in the Champions League group stages, Arsenal were at the mercy of the draw for the round of 16. The Gunners' reward was a meeting with Lionel Messi and Barcelona.
Barcelona had the upper hand in past meetings between the two clubs. In 2010 they faced each other in the quarterfinals with the Catalans' advancing 6-3 on aggregate.
Their most memorable matchup took place in the 2006 Champions League final at Paris' Stade de France. Barcelona were crowned champions that night with a 2-1 comeback victory.
With that in mind, the crowd at the Emirates on this night was electric as Arsenal sought to seek revenge.
Despite a David Villa first half goal, Arsenal were still in the match. Then, late in the game, Robin Van Persie and Andrey Arshavin scored, and Arsenal walked away 2-1 victors.
Unfortunately for the Gunners, Barcelona won the second leg 3-1 and advanced to the next round 4-3 on aggregate. Regardless, Arsenal were the only side to defeat Barcelona throughout the entire 2010-2011 tournament.