Arsenal in their pursuit of the Champions League this season will run into FC Barcelona tonight in the first leg of the round of 16 encounter this season.
The form in which the Catalan giants are in coupled with the recent problems from Arsenal all around the field leave the English franchise with little chance to beat Barcelona at least according to fans and pundits of the sport all across the world.
However, star playmaker and a summer target for Barcelona, Mesut Ozil said that the win against Bayern Munich in the group stage at home gives enough proof that the Gunners can come out of this tie with a result.
In Bayern’s visit to the Emirates, late goals from Giroud and Ozil himself gave Arsenal a much needed victory to revive their campaign in Europe after consecutive losses before that.
But Ozil on the eve of the game against Barcelona urged his fans to get behind the team and posted an Instagram message telling the fans that the team needs the fans more than ever.
“Scream, support and encourage us over 90 minutes in every tackle and every situation,” said the World Cup winner.
“We already showed that against Bayern Munich – now we have to repeat such a performance on the pitch with your support.”
However, on the field, Arsenal will surely start the game as second favorites to go through to the next round as Barcelona are not only tipped off to go through to the next round but the bookies have the Spanish side as firm favorites to retain the Champions League title this season.
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