Arsenal vs. Barcelona: Last 5 Meetings

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2009/10 Champions League Quarter Final, 2nd Leg, Camp Nou

Lionel Messi scores his second of the night
Lionel Messi scores his second of the night

 

Arsenal might have overturned a two goal deficit at the Emirates and even took a shock lead at the Nou Camp, but there was nothing they could do as Lionel Messi ripped them apart with another masterclass that only he is capable of.

Theo Walcott who had troubled Barcelona with his pace in the first leg was again critical as his shot was parried by Valdes and Nicklas Bendtner scored from the rebound. But two minutes later, Barcelona were level and back in business as Lionel Messi scored a powerful drive from the edge of the area to give Barcelona the away goal advantage again. Fifteen minutes later, Messi slid in Abidal but his cross was cleared poorly only for Pedro to set up Messi again, who took a touch before scooping a finish past Almunia. And it only took him another five minutes to complete his hat-trick as Seydou Keita headed the ball on for him to race ahead of the Arsenal defence and score a majestic chip over the Arsenal goalkeeper. It was truly a master class as the Gunners looked well defeated and deflated. Messi finished the rout with a fourth goal, having been slipped in behind before taking on Eboue and shooting at Almunia before slotting it home from the rebound.

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