World Football: Arsenal and Barcelona In the Round Of 16; Who Wins and Why

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World Football: Arsenal and Barcelona In the Round Of 16; Who Wins and Why
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In just five days time, the Emirates Stadium will play host to an absolutely mouthwatering tie between two of Europe's premier clubs in the Champions League Round of 16 knockout stage. Arsenal come in as the underdogs at home on Wednesday the 16th, looking to upset Barcelona and take a vital lead to the Camp Nou on March 8th. Can the Gunners breach the stanch "Blaugrana" back line led by Carles Puyol? I think so, but, more importantly, can they contain David Villa and Lionel Messi?

The match is so compelling for so many reasons. Arguably the two best youth systems will be matching up again on Europe's biggest stage. The styles dictated from the managers are similar, the midfield play is stellar and there's no doubt the entire world will be watching. The following is my prediction and whom will play the pivotal roles in deciding this epic Champions League tie.

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