.Barcelona’s strikers, Messi, Neymar and Suarez. –
Barcelona have “two or three players who transform normal life into art”, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his team lost their second leg Round of 16 clash to Barcelona on Wednesday.
The Gunners went out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the sixth straight season after a 5-1 aggregate loss against Barcelona.
The La Liga side’s front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all on target.
“In the final third, Barcelona’s passing accuracy and creativity is exceptional,” said Wenger.
Arsenal missed numerous chances in the game, with Danny Welbeck hitting the woodwork and Alexis Sanchez twice coming close.
Having also gone out of the FA Cup in a shock defeat against Watford last weekend, the Premier League is Arsenal’s only hope of a trophy this season. They are currently 11 points behind leaders Leicester with a game in hand.
Wenger feels the result could have been different if they managed to add to Mohamed Elneny’s crisp effort in the second half.
“I felt, at 1-1, they were wobbling and insecure,” said Wenger. “We could not take our chance to score the second goal to put ourselves in a good position.
“We created plenty of dangerous situations and the quality of our game was good. When we lost the second goal, we lost the edge.”