UEFA Champions League Last 16: Arsenal vs. Barcelona Key Battles

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UEFA Champions League Last 16: Arsenal vs. Barcelona Key Battles
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Deja Vu?

Arsenal London vs. FC Barcelona: The Key Battles

A little less than 48 hours to go and football enthusiasts all over the globe will be treated to the first real spectacle of 2011, Arsenal London will host FC Barcelona in the first knock-out round of the UEFA Champions League. While everyone agrees that this will be probably the most entertaining match of this round, it’s a game one rather would like to watch in the latter stages of Europe’s most prestigious club competition. Nevertheless, the game will start…soon.

The Gunner will most likely want to avenge the defeat they suffered against Pep Guardiola’s Barca when those two sides last met. In last year’s fixture FC Barcelona defeated Arsenal London 6-3 on aggregate. Most pundits agreed that FC Barcelona’s first half performance against Arsenal London was one of the finest ever displayed, the final score, however, was not. Even though they dominated the match, FC Barcelona had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

This time the Champions League encounter promises to be an even more entertaining draw. Robin Van Persie, who was utterly missed the last time these two European Heavyweights met, is firing on all cylinders while Lionel Messi, well, La Pulga is setting new standards having already bagged 40 goals in all competitions. Let’s analyze the key battles in this mouthwatering clash.

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