Piers Morgan picks his combined Arsenal and Barcelona XI

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Much to the amusement of social media, Piers Morgan has revealed his combined Arsenal and Barcelona line-up from the last 20 years.

Arsenal’s biggest cheerleader - who never fails to hide his varying feelings for the north London club - posted his dream team to his 4.8 million Twitter followers.

Morgan receives backlash for nearly everything he does, and, once again, felt the wrath of a number of fans who disagreed with his selections.


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Check out Morgan’s team below.

The obvious problem with Morgan’s XI is the fact that more Arsenal players are present despite Barcelona’s incredible success this century.

Thierry Henry played for both clubs but enjoyed his best years as a player in England, so it’s only right to class him as an Arsenal player for this.

Twitter picked holes in his team, noting the absences of Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Sergio Busquets.

There’s probably a case for Petr Cech to be included ahead of David Seaman, too. Arsenal’s current goalkeeper broke the record for most Premier League clean sheets in December and will go down as one of the greatest shot-stoppers in league history.

Morgan might have been swayed by Seaman’s trophy haul. The former England international played for the Gunners when they were perennial title contenders during the 90s through to 2003 and won three league titles and four FA Cup’s at the club.

Cech won four Premier League titles and the Champions League during an incredible 11-year spell at Chelsea but can only count the Community Shield among his list of achievements at the Gunners.

Attractive styles

Arsenal and Barcelona are regarded as two of the most artistic teams in Europe and there’s no doubt Morgan’s team would deliver aesthetically. Dennis Bergkamp in the same team as Andres Iniesta is a dream for football purists.

Up front, the trio of Henry, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho has the perfect blend of pace, skill and goalscoring ability and there’s certainly no need to debate the TV host’s attacking options.

The triumvirate played one season together in Spain in 2007-08 but it was a campaign to forget as Barcelona finished third in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey in the semi-finals.

Champions League bout

Morgan tweeted his combined team prior to Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 clash with Luis Enrique’s side.

Barcelona are firm favourites to reach the quarter-finals but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claims his team have never had a better opportunity of causing an upset.

The Frenchman said, as per the Mirror: “It’s our best chance no matter how big the chance is. We have to take it and have a go at them. I believe in these big games, in the first time at home, we can’t be stupid.

“Many times we’ve won away and at home we have conceded. We have to find a good balance between defending and attacking.”

The fact that Morgan doesn’t include a single current Arsenal player in his team perhaps suggests he isn’t overly confident.

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