Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side face an almost impossible task

when they face a red-hot Barcelona Tonight (Wednesday) looking to overturn a 2-0

first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in six


As so often in the second half of Wenger’s 20-year reign, Arsenal travel to the Camp

Nou with a sense of what might have been. They had their chances to lead at the

Emirates three weeks ago before Barca’s brilliant forward triumvirate of Lionel

Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez cut through them with an unerring ease they have

made routine.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez have scored a combined 103 goals this season, Arsenal’s

entire squad a mere 71. Top of the list of Wenger’s detractors has been his inability

or unwillingness to splash out on the top-class striker needed to turn Arsenal from

perennial pretenders into winners.

Yet, he tried to land Suarez whilst the Uruguayan was still at Liverpool in 2013. In a

tale of Arsenal’s penny-pinch culture under Wenger, they infuriated Liverpool by

launching a bid one pound over Suarez’s reported £40 million buyout clause.

Jeriah Udi

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