Report: This strange reason nearly saved Arsenal from having to face this Barcelona star

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Luis Suarez found that he had left his passport at home upon arriving at Barcelona Airport

Arsenal were nearly saved from having to face Luis Suarez in tomorrow's Champions League last 16, first leg clash with Barcelona as the forward left his passport at home ahead of flying out to London, according to the Independent.

The Uruguayan arrived at Barcelona Airport on Sunday to catch a flight to England with the rest of his teammates only to discover that he had forgotten his travel documentation.

Unfortunately for Arsenal defenders and fans, someone bailed out Suarez by heading back to fetch the 29-year-old's passport in time for the striker to be on board the plane.

Although Barca are a team packed full of stars, had that mishap not been resolved it could at least have saved Arsene Wenger's side from one prong of Luis Enrique's phenomenal attacking trio.

Suarez has scored 41 goals for Barca already this season in all competitions, including hitting 15 in his last nine games.

He has also struck up a formidable partnership with Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack, and combination which has led Enrique to the top of La Liga and to cruise through their Champions League group campaign.

Arsenal will be looking to buck the trend of their recent poor form against Barca in Europe, having been knocked out by the Catalan side at the last-16 stage in 2010 and 2011, as well as losing the 2006 final to the Spanish giants.

The first leg of this year's last-16 clash takes place at the Emirates on Tuesday night. 

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