There is no team at the moment, who can expect to overpower Barcelona in terms of squad capabilities. Arsenal will learn that first hand tonight when they take on the Catalan giants in the first leg of Champions League Round of 16 tie.
Ahead of this massive fixture, we take a look at the best Arsenal vs Barcelona combined XI. Criteria for this one-off playing XI will be the current form and fitness of the players from both the teams.
Arsenal vs Barcelona combined XI
By no means, it is a controversial call, or I am being over sympathetic towards the Gunners. The present Barca defense is there for the taking, and that is why the measured approach from Laurent Koscielny and the flamboyance of Hector Bellerin would give more steal to Arsenal vs Barcelona combined XI.
Among the outfield players, Barcelona show their class as they have 5 of the 6 possible players. Only Mesut Ozil comes anywhere close to fight for a place in Arsenal vs Barcelona combined XI.
Alexis Sanchez is a huge miss for the Gunners in terms of his current form. Had he been playing at his level from the early part of the season, I could have been tempted to have him in my Arsenal vs Barcelona combined XI.
However, at present the MSN trio is just irresistible. They could walk in any team at the moment let alone Arsenal vs Barcelona combined XI.
Arsene Wenger would know that his team are massively overpowered by a strong Barcelona side. But that should only motivate his players to beat the best in European football and further stake their claims of going on to win this season’s Champions League.
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