FC Barcelona vs. Arsenal FC: Not Even the Same Game

Adi-Oula SebastianCorrespondent IIApril 6, 2010

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 06:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at Camp Nou on April 6, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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FC Barcelona finally crushed Arsenal FC like they should've last week when they were held to a draw . The scoreline is 4-1, and there shouldn't be any doubts that FC Barcelona is above any other team on Planet Earth.

Prior to the second leg, the English press were hinting that the Blaugrana already peaked at the Emirates and that Theo Walcott out of all players would be a handful for Pep's men.

Reality Check

Theo Walcott might be ridiculously fast, but that's about it. With the ball at his feet he can't do anything productive at all, bar the assist for Bendter. He has the pace, but not the brain or the skills, to take on defenders  one-on-one. Neither Militio or Abidal are the fastest players around, but they didn't have any problem containing the speed demon. If Walcott could dribble, it would've been another story but the truth is—he simply can't. It is clear to see why most pundits say that Theo Walcott is free of a football brain.

Another utterly funny argument is that Arsenal or any other English side are superior in pace. Again, what good is pace if you never have the ball? In Barcelona, the ball moves quicker than the players. In the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, Manchester United were taught a footballing lesson. The most dominant English side for the past three years were outplayed and outpassed. Yet somehow, supporters and the English media alike were either ignoring it completely or brainwashed by the advertising which brands the EPL as the best league in the world.


The 2-2 in London had been a freak accident. If Pep Guardiola hadn't gone sentimental and allowed Thierry Henry to get "his" welcome-back party, it would have been sealed right then and there. The draw just delayed the inevitable.

Even the commentator said "there are years between Arsenal and FC Barcelona." Like it or not, Arsenal are not on the same level as FC Barcelona. They don't even play the same game. For a side that claims to be dominant in possession and passing they were outpassed, outplayed and outwitted over two legs.

Before there is any argument about injuries - that argument doesn't hold. The Blaugrana were missing Puyol, Pique, Iniesta and Ibrahimovic. Besides, Barcelona played with genuine youth-team products like Pedro and Bojan (the likes of Xavi & Co. aren't mentioned because they have already established themselves as world-class players minus Busquets ). 

The Truth

The bottom line is—and you can condemn me for my opinion like you have before—there is a huge gulf in class between those two sides. Being a supporter is one thing; being blind and/or ignorant is another. Arsenal were dominated over two legs and rightfully destroyed at the Camp Nou. Love it or hate it, that's the plain and simple truth!

I almost forgot, Lionel Messi  is hands down the best player of his generation and the best in the world!