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Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Messi dominates the game, but Arsenal let him

April 6, 2010
Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Messi dominates the game, but Arsenal let him

If there was any remaining doubt that Lionel Messi is the greatest football player of his generation, they were erased tonight, as Barcelona got the better of Arsenal in the much-hyped battle of the teams playing football ‘the right way’. Arsenal didn’t lose this match tactically, but they didn’t help themselves.
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Barcelona v Arsenal: passing statistics

April 6, 2010
Barcelona v Arsenal: passing statistics

No surprises for guessing that Barcelona again saw more of the ball in the game at the Nou Camp – it’s doubtful any side will visit there this season and see more possession.
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Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona: Wenger’s side utterly outclassed, but rescue a draw

March 31, 2010
Arsenal 2-2 Barcelona: Wenger’s side utterly outclassed, but rescue a draw

A crazy game of football to watch, a difficult one to analyse. Two open, attacking sides produced a wonderful game for the neutral, but one that will probably leave both managers absolutely fuming – Wenger because his side were awful and conceded poor goals, Guardiola because his side threw away a 0-2 lead.
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Arsenal v Barcelona: passing statistics

March 31, 2010
Arsenal v Barcelona: passing statistics

We were told constantly before the game that Arsenal against Barcelona was a clash of two sides who play football ‘the right way’ – short, quick passes from excellent technical players comfortable in possession. And that proved to be correct, although this graph shows a stark contrast between the sides.
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Arsenal v Barcelona – tactical preview

March 29, 2010
Arsenal v Barcelona – tactical preview

The contest that many neutrals might have hoped to see in the final. Two similar sides in many ways – they play a similar brand of football and have both favoured 4-3-3 systems this season.
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