Here is yet another fantastic memory of Arsenal’s glory days when we could compete with the very best of Europe, and we welcomes Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona superstars including Messi, David Villa, Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets.
We can’t say we dominated the game, but despite going 1-0 down to a David Villa strike in the first half, we showed guts and resilience to fight back and gain a brilliant win with goals from Van Persie and Andriy Arshavin in the last 15 minutes, to silence the Barcelona superstars at the Emirates. It is worth mentioning that Barcelona went on to become the European Champions at the end of the season.
Here were the sides that day in Feb 2011….
14 Walcott (Bendtner 77)
17 A Song (Arshavin 68)
10 Van Persie
08 Iniesta (Adriano Correia 89)
07 Villa (Keita 68)