Preview of Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg clash at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday:
Form: FA Cup holders Arsenal were left with an unwanted replay after a goalless draw against Hull City in their fifth-round clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. In the Premier League, the Gunners defeated leaders Leicester last week but had to come from behind and needed a 95th-minute goal from Danny Welbeck to secure the three points.
Barcelona went nine points clear at the top of La Liga thanks to first-half goals from Luis Suarez and Neymar in a 2-1 win at Las Palmas on Saturday. Suarez opened the scoring early on with his 41st goal of the season, but Willian Jose deservedly levelled for the hosts inside 10 minutes. Neymar restored the lead from close range before the break, but the European champions had to withstand a late onslaught from the Canary Islanders to stretch their unbeaten run in all competitions to 32 games.
Arsenal – Arsene Wenger – 66 yrs
Barcelona – Luis Enrique – 45 yrs
Leading scorers in all competitions:
Arsenal – Olivier Giroud 18
Barcelona – Luis Suarez 41
Domestic league performance:
Arsenal – Third in the Premier League on 51 points, the same as London rivals Tottenham and two points behind surprise leaders Leicester after 26 games.
Barcelona – Top in Spain with 63 points after 25 games. They have won 20 of those matches and have lost just twice. They have an eight-point advantage over Atletico Madrid who were held 0-0 by Villarreal on Sunday.
Group stage performance:
Arsenal – Second in Group F behind Bayern Munich
Barcelona – Winners of Group E ahead of Roma
European Cup/Champions League best performances:
Arsenal – Runners-up 2006
Barcelona – Winners in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015
Arsenal – 13x English champions, 12x FA Cup, 2x League Cup, 14x Community Shield, 1x European Cup Winners Cup, 1x Fairs Cup
Barcelona – 23x Spanish champions, 27x Spanish Cup, 11x Spanish Super Cup, 5x European Super Cup, 4x European Cup Winners Cup, 3x Fairs Cup, 3x Club World Cup
Barcelona 1 Arsenal 1 – 1999/2000 Champions League group stage
Arsenal 2 Barcelona 4 – 1999/2000 Champions League group stage
Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1 – 2005/06 Champions League final
Arsenal 2 Barcelona 2 – 2009/10 Champions League quarter-finals
Barcelona 4 Arsenal 1 – 2009/10 Champions League quarter-finals
Arsenal 2 Barcelona 1 – 2010/11 Champions League last 16
Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1 – 2010/11 Champions League last 16