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Alexis Sanchez uploads touching Instagram post ahead of clash with Barcelona

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Alexis Sanchez has posted a touching Instagram tribute to Barcelona ahead of facing his former club with Arsenal in the Champions League.

Sanchez spent three seasons at the Nou Camp before his £35 million move to north London in July 2014.

But it’s clear that Sanchez hasn’t forgotten his time in Spain, posting an emotional Instagram picture.

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The picture shows him celebrating in a Barcelona shirt and also in an Arsenal shirt with the caption: “I want to thank FCB, the doctors and the physiotherapists who cared for me during my stay in Barcelona and especially the players with whom I shared beautiful moments. But life carries on and my present is with Arsenal, my home, my family and I’m so happy to be a Gunner.”

The winger scored 47 goals in 141 matches at the Catalan club, helping them lift one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey during his time at the club.

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Sanchez was magnificent in his debut season at the Emirates, scoring 25 goals in 52 matches in all competitions being an influential role in Arsenal's successful FA Cup campaign.

He has struggled with injuries throughout this campaign but has still scored ten times in 25 appearances.

It can sometimes be difficult to get yourself in the ‘zone’ when facing your former teammates and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is well aware of the difficulties facing the Chilean ahead of the massive clash at the Emirates.

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Wenger believes that the 27-year-old may find it difficult on Tuesday and admitted he will have a chat with him before the match in an attempt to motivate him.

"He will be fired up, but that doesn't mean he will be in the right zone," Wenger said. "The performance zone is where you are focused and relaxed and that is what is difficult in sport.

"Sometimes when you are too focused you are not relaxed, so it's a zone where everything looks easy and sometimes when you play against your former club you are not necessarily in that zone.”

Sanchez and his ten teammates will have to all be at their best to progress in the elite European competition.

Luis Enrique’s men are eight points clear at the top of La Liga and boast an incredible attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

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The three players have already scored a ridiculous 91 goals this campaign as the club look to complete their second successive La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble.

The Gunners faced Barcelona in the 2009/10 and the 2010/11 seasons but were edged out on both occasions.

However, they will be hoping to gain confidence from their first-leg victory in February 2011 when they beat the Spanish club 2-1 at the Emirates.

Unfortunately, they lost 3-1 at the Nou Camp and were knocked out on aggregate.

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UEFA Champions League
Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez
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Thierry Henry
Lionel Messi
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