As Arsenal face Barcelona again in the Champions League round-of-16 at the Emirates on Tuesday, the worry of how to play Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and and Neyma must be the problem of Arsene Wenger now.
Arsenal will be facing the most deadly attackers in football world for now and curtailing them might require special ingenuity from Wenger.
The Catalan giants knocked the Gunners out of the Champions League in 2010 and 2011 while also defeating Wenger’s men in Paris in the 2006 final, the closest the Frenchman has come to lifting the trophy.
It becomes more worrisome playing against talents who have grown above cohesion to understanding.
Wenger said, “I believe that apart from the individual talent the three [Barcelona forwards, Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar] have, they have a good understanding and cohesion. They have a great solidarity.
“I have seen that Cristiano Ronaldo said that Messi passed the ball to Suarez at a penalty last week because he wanted him to be the top goalscorer. When you see someone like Messi give the ball to Suarez when he had the opportunity to score his 300th goal that means there’s really something in there.”
But he is of a strong opinion that Arsenal can spring out surprise “It’s our best chance no matter how big the chance is,” said Wenger. “We have to take it and have a go at them. I believe in these big games, in the first tie at home, we can’t be stupid.
“Many times we’ve won away and at home we have conceded. We have to find a good balance between defending and attacking.”