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    March 17, 2016

    Arsenal OUT UEFA: Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal (5-1 agg)

    The rain fell in Spain as Arsenal disappeared down the Champions League drain. Again.
    Out in the first knockout round for the sixth successive year and, as so often before, flickering into life only when the tie was out of reach. It has become a damning trademark of this Arsene Wenger team.
    There were missed chances and mistakes to lament from the first leg in London and yet it was difficult to escape the feeling that Barcelona were operating in second gear on Wednesday night. 
    Lionel Messi capped the win with a trademark dink over David Ospina to put the gloss on the result as Barcelona progressed
    Lionel Messi capped the win with a trademark dink over David Ospina to put the gloss on the result as Barcelona progressed
    The Argentine lifts the ball over the Arsenal goalkeeper to make it 5-1 on aggregate as Barca confirmed their place in the last eight
    The Argentine lifts the ball over the Arsenal goalkeeper to make it 5-1 on aggregate as Barca confirmed their place in the last eight
    Luis Suarez showed incredible agility as he volleyed Dani Alves' cross into the top corner to give Barcelona a 2-1 lead on the night
    Luis Suarez showed incredible agility as he volleyed Dani Alves' cross into the top corner to give Barcelona a 2-1 lead on the night
    Suarez performs his customary celebration after firing Barcelona back ahead as the European champions reached the last eight
    Suarez performs his customary celebration after firing Barcelona back ahead as the European champions reached the last eight
    Mohamed Elneny fired Arsenal level with a stunning curling effort from outside the penalty area to offer the Gunners hope
    Mohamed Elneny fired Arsenal level with a stunning curling effort from outside the penalty area to offer the Gunners hope
    The Egyptian midfielder celebrates his first goal for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger's side attempted to pull of an unlikely turnaround
    The Egyptian midfielder celebrates his first goal for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger's side attempted to pull of an unlikely turnaround
    Brazil forward Neymar put the home side ahead after 18 minutes as he fired past Ospina with his left foot ahead of Hector Bellerin
    Brazil forward Neymar put the home side ahead after 18 minutes as he fired past Ospina with his left foot ahead of Hector Bellerin
    Neymar guided the finish past the Gunners goalkeeper after collecting the measured through pass from Luis Suarez (not pictured)
    Neymar celebrates with Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi after giving the Catalan giants the lead at the Nou Camp
    Neymar celebrates with Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi after giving the Catalan giants the lead at the Nou Camp

     MATCH FACTS

    Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen 6.5, Dani Alves 7, Mascherano 7, Mathieu 7, Jordi Alba 7.5, Rakitic 6.5 (Arda Turan 77 6), Busquets 6.5, Iniesta 8 (Sergi Roberto 72 6), Suarez 9, Messi 8, Neymar 8.5

    Subs not used: Bravo, Bartra, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen, Munir El Haddadi

    Scorer: Neymar 18, Suarez 65, Messi 88

    Booked: Turan

    Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina 6.5, Bellerin 6, Gariel 6.5, Koscielny 6, Monreal 6.5, Flamini 5 (Coquelin 45 6), Elneny 7.5, Iwobi 7.5 (Giroud 72 6), Ozil 6, Alexis Sanchez 6.5, Welbeck 7 (Walcott 73 6)

    Subs not used: Macey, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Campbell

    Scorer: Elneny 51

    Booked: Flamini, Gabriel, Sanchez, Giroud

    Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia) 7
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