• Barcelona vs Arsenal factfile

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    First leg
    February 23
    At London
    Arsenal (ENG) 0 Barcelona (ESP) 2 (Messi 71, 83-pen)

    Form
    Arsenal’s hopes of a third straight FA Cup title were destroyed by Watford on Sunday as the Hornets stunned Arsene Wenger’s side 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Danny Welbeck’s late strike wasn’t enough to save the Gunners as goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura left the north Londoners facing the prospect of another season without any silverware. The Gunners have won just once in five outings since losing to Barcelona in the first leg, with successive defeats to Manchester United and Swansea causing severe damage to their Premier League title challenge.

    Barcelona warmed up for the return fixture in ominous fashion with a 6-0 demolition of Getafe in La Liga on Saturday, a result that kept them eight points clear of Atletico Madrid with nine games to play. Neymar scored twice with Lionel Messi also on target, despite missing another penalty, as Barca surged to a 12th straight league win. Luis Enrique’s men are unbeaten in 37 games in all competitions dating back to October and look destined to reach the quarter-finals for the ninth straight year.

    Coaches
    Barcelona – Luis Enrique (ESP) — 45 yrs
    Arsenal – Arsene Wenger (FRA) — 66 yrs
    Leading scorers in all competitions:
    Barcelona – Luis Suarez (42 goals)
    Arsenal – Olivier Giroud (20 goals)
    Group stage performance:
    Barcelona – Winners of Group E ahead of Roma
    Arsenal – Second in Group F behind Bayern Munich
    European Cup/Champions League best performances:

    Barcelona – Winners in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015
    Arsenal – Runners-up 2006

    Other honors
    Arsenal – 13x English champions, 12x FA Cup, 2x League Cup, 14x Community Shield, 1x European Cup Winners Cup, 1x Fairs Cup

    Barcelona – 23x Spanish champions, 27x Spanish Cup, 11x Spanish Super Cup, 5x European Super Cup, 4x European Cup Winners Cup, 3x Fairs Cup, 3x Club World Cup

    Previous meetings:
    Barcelona 1 Arsenal 1 – 1999/2000 Champions League group stage
    Arsenal 2 Barcelona 4 – 1999/2000 Champions League group stage
    Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1 – 2005/06 Champions League final
    Arsenal 2 Barcelona 2 – 2009/10 Champions League quarter-finals
    Barcelona 4 Arsenal 1 – 2009/10 Champions League quarter-finals
    Arsenal 2 Barcelona 1 – 2010/11 Champions League last 16
    Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1 – 2010/11 Champions League last 16

    AFP

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