Five Arsenal Players Who Can Give Them Hope Against Barcelona

By : Marley Anderson |


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It looks fucking impossible doesn’t it?

Arsenal have the unenviable task of playing Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League (again) and Arsene Wenger is the latest man to try his hand at stopping Lionel Messi and co.

After their Premier League challenge faltered recently, we’re all expecting Arsenal to go crashing out of all competitions like they usually do in February.

But they’re not out yet and if these five can do something special, they may have a chance:

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Alexis Sanchez

We start with the obvious one.

Arsenal’s best player is clearly going to have to be at his most effective if he is to damage his former employers on Tuesday night.

Sanchez has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and even though he’s been quiet this season, he’s has showed signs of returning to full form and fitness lately.

The Chilean winger will be up against Dani Alves for most of the game and that’s one battle that certainly favours the English side – so long as Sanchez has the ball at the time.

Alves has never been the most accomplished defender and if Sanchez can get enough of the ball (no mean feat, we know) to have a go at him, there could be success for the Gunners.

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Olivier Giroud

Arsenal’s top scorer has often been criticised for not being clinical enough in front of goal but against Barca, he’s going to have to be.

Should Arsenal use the right tactics, Giroud may have success.

That’s because the Frenchman is good in the air, meaning he could have success if Barcelona choose to play 5’9″ Javier Mascherano at centre back.

His knockdown for Theo Walcott’s goal against Leicester was incredible and if Arsenal can produce that kind of football again, they could have a chance.

If six foot plus pair Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu play, the Gunners are fucked.


Francis Coquelin

Considering some Arsenal fans believe he’s the best thing since sliced bread, we’ll find out how good the former Charlton loanee is when Barcelona come to town.

He’s going to have to be good, because if he’s not, the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta will tear him a new arsehole.

It’s a huge battle in midfield and if Arsenal and Coquelin don’t win it, the ball will go to Barca’s front three and then we all know what happens.

Good luck Francis.


Mesut Ozil

‘He goes missing in big games’ How many times have we heard that?

Well, Ozil would be hard pushed to pick a better time to show that he truly is world class by taking the game by the scruff of the neck as he has been in the Premier League this season.

Granted, it won’t be easy against the likes of Sergio Busquets but if the German is to shake the doubters once and for all, he has to do it against Barcelona.

He’s the man that can provide the service for the likes of pacy pair Sanchez and Walcott and if he goes missing, the Arsenal fans are sure to slate him via their beloved Twitter.


Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny has been in fine form this season, but faces one of the toughest nights of his career against Barcelona’s front three.

The one thing that could potentially beat the Catalan giants’ trio is a ridiculous level of organisation and concentration.

Barely anyone has managed it but if Koscielny can keep Luis Suarez under wraps for 90 minutes, then Per Mertesacker only has Lionel Messi and Neymar to worry about.

Oh, wait.

Basically, Koscielny has to have a blinder and hope his three defensive team mates do the same. Otherwise, there’s no chance of Barcelona not getting the away goal they’ll probably not need anyway.