Yes, they’re the best team of all time. They’ve the most dangerous attacking force in Europe after Vladimir Putin, and they’re storming ahead of La Liga. But Barcelona could get stuck on Tuesday in the Emirates because of a six foot five goalkeeper.
No, Arsenal hasn’t become a lap dancing club, but Petr Cech has a fantastic record against Barcelona, and in particular against that little Argentinian bloke.
In seven appearances against the goalkeeper, Lionel Messi has never managed to score against Cech. Luis Suarez only has two in five matches (one of those came after tucking into Branislav Ivanovic), and Neymar’s not got a goal against him either. So that quick and destruction filled front three seemingly can’t manage to break past the Czech number one.
- Barcelona have scored 65 league goals so far this season – 19 more than their English counter parts
- But Arsenal have created more chances (12.5 per game to 11.7)
- This is Alexis Sanchez’ first meeting with his former club since leaving
- Mesut Ozil. We’ve no stats here, just Mesut Ozil.
True, Arsenal have only beaten Barcelona once in their history. But that win came just as Barca were entering their golden period under Guardiola in 2012. A cold February night in the Emirates, a Champions League last 16 tie, and everyone writing off Arsene Wenger’s side. Andrei Arshavin (who is somehow still being paid to play football) got the decisive goal that night in a 2-1 win.
What if Wenger could do it again? There’s not that many pundits tipping the Londoners at all, even though they’ve arguably got a stronger squad than ever before.
It happened in the group stages against Bayern Munich, and then Gorgeous Giroud made the German defence swoon. He’s to score first for the Arsenal. A repeat of that scoreline from 2012 is .
Cech to shut out the MSN and continue his clean sheet record in an Arsenal win is . If you think Barca will win and prove me wrong the odds are. But don’t follow the sheep. Support the ‘Best League in the World’. Most of all, sit back relax and watch the greatest side of the last decade go up against the one of the greatest tacticians
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