Arsenal will have to contain Messi, Neymar and Suarez to have any chance of progressing to the next round of the Champions League Getty

Arsenal will travel to Barcelona for the second leg of the last-16 Champions League clash as they look to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport Europe and BT Sport EuropeHD. Radio coverage is available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Arsenal have virtually been written off from this tie from all quarters following their 2-0 defeat in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium. It is clear that no one expects them to overturn the deficit and beat Barcelona, who are arguably the best club team in the world at the moment, and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

One could argue that the Gunners put up a spirited performance against the Catalan giants in the reverse fixture but could only hold out for 70 minutes after which they succumbed to the barrage of attacks that came their way. Moreover, Arsenal are currently on their worst run of the season, which has seen them lose ground on Premier League leaders Leicester City and getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford on Sunday (13 March). Arsene Wenger will be among a few, which mainly involves the players and staff of Arsenal, who believe that they can achieve the impossible on Wednesday night.

Barcelona, on the other hand, seem to be in prime form, as they have been throughout the season. They come into this game on the back of a 6-0 demolition of Getafe in the La Liga. Luis Enrique's team are well on course to repeat their treble feat from last season, as they are already in the final of the Copa Del Rey, they are one of the favourites in the Champions League and are on course to defend their league crown as they have an eight point lead over second placed Atletico Madrid with nine games to play.

The north London club have never managed to progress into the next round at the expense of Barcelona, having faced them seven times, winning only once and losing four times. It seems unlikely to change on Wednesday night owing to the current situation facing the respective clubs.

What managers say

Luis Enrique: "This is a unique team, different to the rest and which does things that make it seem like there is nothing the opponent can do. It is a great pleasure to be in this position."

Arsene Wenger: "They play at the moment with the idea that you cannot afford any negative results. We can deal with that and we will deal with the fact that we have a good opportunity to show on Wednesday that we are up for it. We want to make the impossible possible. Barcelona are a very, very strong side and it's very important that we go there, focus and show a good response."

Betting odds (Betfair)

  • Barcelona Win: 1/4
  • Draw: 6
  • Arsenal Win: 12

Team news


Possible XI: Ter Stegen, Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Neymar.


Possible XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.