Arsenal v Barcelona, From The Emirates Stadium, Kick Off: 19:45 GMT 16th February 2011

Write-up by Ian David Worthington

Tonight the World’s ‘best’ group , Barcelona, travel to the Emirates Stadium in London to take on the young brilliance of Arsenal. On show will be some of the planet’s finest gamers in Villa, Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Alves, Valdes, Bojan, Mascherano, Van Persie, Fabregas, Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott and, of course, the extremely finest in the sublime Argentinean Lionel Messi. Barcelona, given their European pedigree, specifically about the past handful of seasons, will go into this encounter as powerful favorites to make the up coming stage. Their La Liga form has been outstanding as they have pulled away from big investing Genuine Madrid at the top of the table. David Villa, following a slightly slow begin by his very higher expectations, as began to discover the net as often as he did for his preceding club Valencia. Add to that the masterful passing of Xavi and Iniesta and the vision, ability and finishing of Messi and you can see why Barcelona top the ‘goals scored’ table by some margin on 71 from 23 games (that’s about three a ambitions a game!). The latest draw towards Sporting Gijon would look to be only a minor blip in the quest for La Liga and Champions League glory. Arsenal, nevertheless, will be no push-overs and their type this season has also been extraordinary. They are 2nd to the wonderful Manchester United in the Premier League table and have comprehensively beaten the mighty Chelsea amongst other people by now this season. They are in the Carling Cup Final and FA Cup, that means an unheard of Quadruple is nevertheless a possibility. The return from injuries of the outstanding Dutchman Robin Van Persie has been a welcome boost to the ‘ Gunners’, scoring an incredible 10 targets in 7 video games. If Van Persie and Fabregas hit top kind the Gunners will be a difficult aspect to beat on their house turf. Tomas Rosicky and Sami Nasri are back again in the Arsenal squad right after injuries, but Abou Diaby is unavailable due to a calf problem. Barcelona, who is should be noted knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League previous time, look to have a most of their gamers available for variety with the a single notable absence becoming Carlos Puyol. This sport as all the ingredients of a Champions League cracker, and, even with Arsene Wenger speaking about Arsenal as ‘massive underdogs’, is certain to be a aggressive and hard fought match. I personally fancy Arsenal to nick a 1 aim lead from tonight’s 1st leg, but overall believe the talent, fitness, high quality and flair of Barcelona will see them prevail over the two legs.

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