The internet is awash with stats showcasing the baffling achievements of Barcelona’s Holy Trinity of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, and, at the same time, highlighting just how big of a task Arsenal face over 180 minutes against the La Liga outfit.
Little do the Catalan giants know, though, that Arsenal have their own versions of ‘MSN’:
Cech – The Arsenal No.1 will be crucial to any potential success the Gunners have this season, and if Arsenal are to achieve the unexpected against Barca, it will no doubt be largely down to the former Chelsea ‘keeper.
Ramsey – Rather surprisingly, Rambo has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp despite not developing upon his goalscoring heroics of a couple of seasons ago.
Arteta – Lol.
Per – If Gabriel doesn’t play alongside Koscielny, Arsenal fans could well witness a Mertesacker-based massacre.
Sanchez – The Chilean’s desire to prove Barcelona wrong for selling him could very well end up hindering the Gunners. When Sanchez gets the bit between his teeth, not too many of his team-mates see the ball again.
Hector – Bellerin will have to show defensive discipline, and curtail the high intensity runs down the wing to deal with Neymar/Suarez/Messi.
Iwobi – Why not throw the odd youngster in? Iwobi was the only bright spark from Arsenal’s drab FA Cup draw with Hull, so Wenger should reward him.
Theo – Is Walcott capable of ‘big’ games? Time to step up, Theo.
Akpom – Given the troubles Arsenal have had of late in regards to finding the back of the net, plus Giroud’s lack of goals, perhaps Arsene should’ve called back Chuba from Hull…
Rosicky – A player designed for the magical European nights like this one promises to be, just a shame he can’t look in a mirror without getting injured.
Sanogo – Yaya leading the line against Bayern Munich was somehow allowed to happen, so it’s surprising Le Professeur sent the striker out on loan to Charlton Athletic, knowing Barca were just around the corner.
Elneny – Looks to be a shrewd signing, who will provide cover for – maybe even replace(?) – Francis Coquelin.