Arsenal faced off against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night in the reverse fixture of their round of 16 tie in the Champions League, as a place in the next round
was up for grabs. The north London outfit had to not only win the game but turn over the deficit of a 2-0 loss at the Emirates. The away side started the game well, yet things did not go according to plan once again as Neymar put the Catalan side in front in the 18th minute. There were no more goals were in the first period, though Arsene Wenger’s side wasted a lot of good chances to equalize, much like in the first leg.
Mohamed Elneny made it 1-1 in the 51st minute with a fierce strike though the visitors did not have much joy beyond that point. Luis Suarez added a second for his side in the 65th minute with a world-class finish while Lionel Messi made it 3-1 to knock Arsenal out of the competition in style in the 88th minute. Wenger was unhappy with the result though his team performed well on the night but were knocked out of the competition once again at this stage.
Here is how the players from both teams performed in this crucial game:
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen: 3.5/5
Tried his best to maintain yet another clean sheet but was denied by the superb strike by Elneny, which he could barely see as his vision was blocked.
Jeremy Mathieu: 2.5/5
Did well against Welbeck and Elneny for most of the game, though was close at times on the ball and wasted a few good chances to score for his side.
Dani Alves: 3/5
Pushed forward on plenty on occasions to join the attack and did his defensive duties well.
Jordi Alba: 2.5/5
Looked good against Bellerin at both ends of the pitch.
Sergio Busquets: 3/5
Stopped the Arsenal attacks from catching momentum at times, though he was not always in control.
Javier Mascherano: 3.5/5
Put in a strong solid display at the back, in a game which demanded him to lead by example.
Ivan Rakitic: 3/5
Pushed forward and got back when needed to support both the offensive line and the defence. Made some good interceptions at the back to moves created by the opposition.
Andres Iniesta: 3/5
Looked to provide some good backing up for his back-line and created some high-quality moves for his team.
Scored the opening goal for his side in the 18th minute with a coolly composed finish and invited quite a few challenges on him right through the game.
Luis Suarez: 4/5
Played the perfect pass to find Neymar for the opening goal. Scored a magnificent second goal and put in a great shift in the game.
Lionel Messi: 3.5/5
His presence in the team is always a threat to any side, as he helped create a few chances and scored the third goal for his team.
Adra Turan: N/A
Came on in the second half and was booked.
Sergio Roberto: N/A
Brought on late, but did not have enough time to make a real impact.
David Ospina: 3.5/5
Made a couple of superb saves keep Barca out, though it was eventually in vain.
Nacho Monreal: 2.5/5
Looked a little uncomfortable at times at the back and could have added much more to the attack.
Gabriel Paulista: 3/5
His centre-back partner made mistakes on the night, which he had to work hard to recover for.
Laurent Koscielny: 2/5
A poor display on the night when a lot was expected from him, as he made his return to the side from an injury.
Hector Bellerin: 3/5
Though he looked really good pushing forward, he was weak at the back at times.
Mathieu Flamini: 2.5/5
Could not really keep Barca quiet for too long and was taken off just before half-time with signs of a possible injury.
Mohamed Elneny: 3.5/5
His strike at the start of the second half gave his team a little hope though they failed to make anything out of it.
Mesut Ozil: 3/5
Produced some good chances for his side to score from, though they failed to capitalize on them and finish.
Alexis Sanchez: 3/5
Fought hard to push ahead against his former side and set up the goal for Elneny.
Alex Iwobi: 3/5
Looked good making runs and on the ball, though his finishing was poor.
Danny Welbeck: 2.5/5
His pace made the Arsenal attack look much better than in the first leg.
Francis Coquelin: 3/5
Came on Flamini towards the end of the first half.
Olivier Giroud: 2.5/5
Brought on late to find more goals.
Theo Walcott: 2.5/5
Looked to add more pace to the Arsenal attack.