Barcelona vs Arsenal 2nd Leg: The Bet II

Manuel TraqueteSenior Analyst IMarch 5, 2011

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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For those of you who didn't follow The Bet last time, allow me to explain.

Before the first leg of this tie, Arsenal supporter Kaustubh and I made a bet. Unfortunately for me, Arsenal shocked the world by recording an unlikely 2-1 win, meaning I lost the bet and had to write an article about how Arsenal are the greatest club in the world.

The shocking part: some Arsenal fans actually thought it was true!

Anyway, for the second leg, a new bet has been made, involving our club's fiercest rivals.

If Arsenal can complete the upset and advance to the quarter-finals, I'll have to write a lengthy article discussing how Real Madrid are the greatest club in the world (greater than Barcelona).

However, if Barcelona send the Gunners packing, Kaustubh will have to write an equally lengthy article explaining why Tottenham are the No. 1 club in North London and Arsenal will be forever in their shadows.

Basically, the truth.

While I'm at it, good luck to all you Spurs fans for Wednesday's clash against AC Milan. May Tottenham be the only North London team remaining in the Champions League after Wednesday.

While Arsenal have the lead ahead of the second leg, Cesc Fabregas refused to get carried away: "It was an unexpected result, but I'm sure we can turn it around in the second leg," said the Barcelona youth-product right after the match. If he says so, I might as well bet on the second leg.

(Lame?) jokes aside, let's hope Lionel Messi repeats his stunning performance from last season and puts the Gunners out of their misery once again! If not Messi, then someone else. In an ideal world, Eric Abidal would score a hat trick!

Whoever it is, Barcelona must win this one. I sure as hell don't feel like praising Real Madrid. But as it stands, it can be argued there's a 5-0 5-0 (sorry, 50-50) chance that I will have to.