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Video emerges comparing Arthur's assist during Barcelona 6-1 Sevilla to prime Xavi

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Barcelona did what they do best on Wednesday night as they recovered from 2-0 down on aggregate to beat Sevilla 6-3 in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Six-one was the final score at the Camp Nou as Philippe Coutinho (2), Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto all got on the scoresheet.

Guilherme Arana was the scorer for Sevilla, who had Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to blame for them not scoring more.

Cillessen was awesome in goal as he produced a number of stunning saves to prevent the away side from getting back into the game.

Another man who flew under the radar with his performance was Arthur - the 22-year-old midfielder tipped to become the next Xavi.

Arthur bossed the game in the middle of the park and earned rave reviews from the Spanish press afterwards.

"Particularly impressive was Arthur Melo, who conducted the Barcelona orchestra in a similar way to Xavi Hernandez," wrote Marca.

"Arthur is an exceptional footballer and in his battle to win a place in the starting line-up with Arturo Vidal, the Brazilian is certainly winning.

"He gave a recital when it came to passing against Sevilla, playing like Xavi reincarnated, and he is just 22 years old.

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"Arthur has personality and poise, never playing the wrong pass and always looking to move the ball forward."

Arthur produced the pass of the game to set up Rakitic's goal for Barcelona and now a video has emerged comparing it to Xavi in his prime.

It features Arthur's defence-splitting pass to Rakitic below Xavi playing an identical ball to Pedro to set up Messi a few years back. Check it out.

Well, it's no wonder Arthur is seen as Xavi's heir.

What's most exciting for Barcelona is that the Spaniard is so young, so he's only going to get better when playing alongside the likes of Messi, Coutinho and Suarez.

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Ivan Rakitic
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