Magical Lionel Messi hits four to wreck Gunners’ Euro dream as champions cruise into last four
Barcelona win 6 3 on aggregateFrom the scoreboard here at the Nou Camp came the words that will live long in the memory of Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players. ‘GOOOOOOOL DE MESSI,’ it screamed, after 21, 37 and 42 minutes of a mesmerising first moncler outlet half and moncler outlet online 42 minutes of a second that wasn’t too shabby either.
If this Barcelona team are the best Wenger has ever seen, Lionel Messi must rank high among the finest players Arsenal’s manager has cast his expert eye over. A player now standing proudly in the pantheon of great number 10s.
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The diminutive Argentinian they had to feed growth hormone has become a giant of the global game. The world’s highest paid player and rightly so judging by this one man demolition of an Arsenal side that dared to dream when Nicklas
Bendtner secured the most unlikely of leads in the 18th minute.
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They did exactly what Guardiola said they would when he was asked, on the eve of this encounter, how to combat the pace of a player like Theo Walcott. By keeping the ball and therefore limiting Arsenal’s opportunities to unleash their English thoroughbred. Just like they did in north London, they enjoyed 70 per cent of the possession in a distinctly one sided first half.
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From the very start they were made to look like the statues in the Nou Camp museum, frozen seemingly by the fluency of Barcelona’s passing and the fluidity of their movement.
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But when Abou Diaby suddenly won the ball off Gabriel Milito with a crunching challenge, he then sent Walcott clear with the best pass Arsenal produced all night. Walcott sprinted clear, played the ball into Bendtner when he probably should have shot, and then watched in relief when his colleague shrugged off the challenge of Daniel Alves and reacted to the sight of Victor Valdes saving his first effort by scoring with his second.
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A goal that owed much to Mikael Silvestre’s failure to clear the ball and instead play moncler outlet sale it back into Messi’s path, but was still the result of a quite stunning left footed finish.
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He skipped past five Arsenal players before Denilson stopped him with a challenge
that earned him a booking and then he terrorised Silvestre again before driving a right footed shot into the side netting.
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