Arsenal can beat Barcelona in Champions League based on past results

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Arsenal will be aiming to emulate some stunning Champions League performances gone by when they face Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners, who enter the clash against Luis Enrique’s side as firm underdogs, have proved in the past they are capable of producing performances when the odds are stacked against them.

Here are Arsenal’s three most memorable performances in Europe and ones that could help Arsene Wenger’s side reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.


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Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi strutted into town expected to obliterate a fragile Arsenal defence in February 2011, yet the Argentine was nullified as the north Londoners recorded a crucial 2-1 first leg victory against Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola’s side would go on to beat Manchester United in the final, but were beaten at the Emirates Stadium despite taking the lead through David Villa.

Robin van Persie levelled with 12 minutes of the match remaining before Andrey Arshavin side-footed home to give the Gunners a shock win.

However, their joy was to be short-lived as Barcelona recovered to win the second leg 3-1, with Messi scoring twice either side of a Xavi strike to send the Catalans through.

Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal bolstered their hopes of winning the Champions League in 2006 when Thierry Henry scored a wonderful individual goal to beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Frenchman, who replaced Patrick Viera as club captain the previous summer, netted just minutes after the half-time interval to stun the La Liga giants in their own back yard.

It served as the catalyst for a wonderful campaign, though the Gunners would go on to lose 2-1 in the final against Barcelona in Paris.

AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal

AC Milan were European Champions when Arsenal beat them 2-0 in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2008.

Despite boasting Kaka, Ronaldinho and Andrea Pirlo, the Italian giants succumbed to two late goals from the Gunners who were majestic in the heat of the San Siro.

Cesc Fabregas scored the first, unleashing a stunning strike from the edge of the box, before Emmanuel Adebayor settled the tie in the 90th minute.

Given the importance of the victory and the side they were up against, it ranks as one of Arsenal’s greatest European achievements and one even greater than the 5-1 victory over Inter Milan in the same stadium five years prior.

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