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Barca @ Arsenal

Barca @ Arsenal
Barcelona continue their defence of the UEFA Champions League with a last 16 first leg trip to London, England to face Arsenal.

Arsenal are a side that Barcelona have met a few times in recent years.

In seven meetings since 1999, Barca have only lost to the English side once, a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the last 16 with Barca winning the second leg 3-1.

The most notable meeting was the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final which Barca won 2-1.

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona have named a strong 19-man squad for the trip with suspended Arda Turan and injured Rafinha the only regulars to not be on the plane.

With Barca Head Coach taking: Ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo, Masip, Pique, I.Rakitic, Sergio, Dani Alves, A.Iniesta, Suarez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Munir, Jordi Alba, S.Roberto, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Vermalen and Mathieu.

Expect Marc-Andre ter Stegen to step back in goal ahead of Claudio Bravo, with Pique to return in defence alongside Dani Alves, Mascherano and Jordi Alba.

In midfield Ivan Rakitic is likely to join Iniesta and Busquets.

Writer:St. George
Date:Monday February 22 2016
Time: 12:18PM

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