Arsenal ‘less than happy’ at landing ‘fantastic’ Barcelona tie

Date published: Monday 14th December 2015 12:46

Jack Wilshere: Tracks Andres Iniesta when the sides last met

Jack Wilshere: Tracks Andres Iniesta when the sides last met

Arsenal secretary David Miles admits drawing Barcelona in the Champions League “is the last thing fans would have wanted”.

The Gunners have beaten the defending champions just once in seven meetings and even that was not enough to prevent an aggregate defeat in the knockout stages in 2011, their most recent encounter.

“On the back of the great win in Athens we were hoping for a good draw today and I think it’s the tie of the round,” Miles told BT Sport.

“It’s not going to be easy and it’s the team that most Arsenal fans would have wanted to avoid at this stage but it’s up to us to make a good fist of it.

“We’ve got our own world-class players and certainly we’ll go in for this.

“It should be two fantastic games and we’re very much looking forward to it.”

Barcelona reaction

Barcelona director Albert Soler is looking forward to a feast of football over the two legs.

“Football fans will enjoy themselves, we’re two sides that play similar styles with a similar understanding of the game,” he told

“They will be two great games. We must have maximum respect for Arsenal, they’re a great side and although we will have a difficult task facing us, it will be a guaranteed spectacle of football.

“Arsenal are not the favourites here but we do not consider ourselves outright favourites either. We are not taking anything for granted in this fixture.”


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    James Marshment
    James Marshment

    “It’s the team most Arsenal fans wanted to avoid.” This, and more Arsenal reaction, to landing Barcelona in the Champions League.

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    Al The Gooner
    Al The Gooner

    It would have been nice to draw a ‘lesser’ team – although the pickings were fairly slim in our pot – but, at the same time, it’s Barca!

    It’s games like this that I buy my season ticket for. I’m under no illusions about the gulf in class between them and us, but they are beatable and we’ve shown many times over the years that, on the day, we’re capable of overturning even the greatest.

    Either way, there was a very good chance we would have met them somewhere along the way and, right now, I’m just glad we couldn’t draw Bayern again!




    Al – sorry mate but we have only shown twice that they are beatable. Our record is poor against them and out of most of teh games where we have drawn with them they have been 3 or 4 up after the first leg. This was the one and only game i wanted to avoid drawing. i would have accepted and been fairly confident had we of drawn any other team from the pot.

    Al The Gooner
    Al The Gooner

    Only need to show it once mate.

    I’m under no illusions about how difficult it will be, but we have proved we can do it.

    If they were in the PL, they’d run away with it every single season, but if we can get a result in the first leg, then we surely have a chance? Especially with our upgrade in goal – it can make such a difference having someone like Cech in this type of fixture.

    If we hadn’t drawn them this time round, it could just as easily have been RM and you can be sure that we’d have to get past at least one of them or Bayern if we were to make it to the final.

    Besides which, if we can beat Bayern 2-0 at home, we can do the same to the Spaniards and then as long as we put in a better performance in Barcelona than we did in Munich, we have every chance of progressing.

    Don’t get me wrong, if I wasn’t a Gooner, I’d offer you stupidly big odds on us winning the tie, but it ain’t gonna stop me looking forward to the tie and it ain’t gonna stop me dreaming that we could actually do something.

    Let’s also not forget that a mere 12 months ago, we thought we’d got a great draw with Monaco! End of the day, we’re just as capable of screwing it up against a ‘favourable’ side and at least if the players give it everything against Barca, we can still hold our heads up, even if they dump us out.



    Im solely focused on the league as I think we have a great chance of winning it. I think City will put a lot of resources and energy into their CL campaign, and I hope they reach the semi finals or final (but not win it). I believe Pellegrini is under pressure to perform in the CL and will prioritize the CL over the league. I know managers talk about winning both, but high intensity mid week games are energy sapping, plus with the fitness problems of Aguero and Kompany, Pellegrini might rest them in the league to ensure fitness in the CL. Or he might play Kompany and Aguero in the CL, which could affect their league performances.

    We on the other hand, will likely lose to Barcelona. Although we should not make it easier for them. They are not very good defensivly and even the smallest La Liga sides can teach them a lesson on the counter. I would play a front three of Sanchez, Walcott and Chamberlain and simply look to hit them on the counter. Giroud shouldnt start



    Noyt a bad thought but that involve us having to play with 2 holding midfielders, we only have 1 and he is injured. As much as it pains me to play this way but i would literally play a 523 and leave Sanchez Walcott and chambo/campbell pretty much on half way line and hit the channels for 90 minutes. Have Bellerin and Monreal as defensive wing backs and slot Per, Paulista and Kos asa central 3 with (if fit) coq and hopefully a new DM we will sign, if not Rambo. saying that wilshere will hopefully be fit and he could be crucial in that role, Welbeck would also be back and again would offer much needed physical presence combined with pace. Anyway, not looking forward to the game as for me it will be a massive sap on our energy and possibly the confidence of the team, we have seen how fragile we can be in the past after heavy defeats. Forgive my negativity in the CL but the competition is a waste of our time and resources at present, we dont have the team capable of winning it nor the mentality to scrape through wins. The Prem on the other hand im very confident we could win this year and would love for us to put all our eggs in that basket.

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