Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League at the round of 16 for the sixth successive season after they were downed 3-1 by reigning champions Barcelona on the night, and 5-1 on aggregate.
Arsene Wenger drew plenty of debate with a controversial looking line-up, yet to his side’s credit they put on a strong performance and created a number of decent openings in attack.
Barcelona’s sublime MSN - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - all grabbed a goal each but it was Arsenal goal scorer Mohamed Elneny who was arguably the best player on the pitch.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, Arsenal’s January transfer window signing contributed in a number of key areas and more than justified his selection in the starting eleven.
With Barcelona leading 1-0, Elneny offered the Gunners hope by connecting with Hector Bellerin’s cut-back and superbly finding the top corner from just outside the penalty area.
It was Elneny’s first goal for the club since joining in January, though it was his all-round display which really caught the eye as defended brilliantly out of possession and wasn’t afraid to get forward.
The Egypt international posted an impressive 93% pass accuracy, three shots on goal, two key passes, two tackles, three interceptions, five ball recoveries and an impressive eight defensive duels won.
Francis Coquelin has been widely perceived as the club’s outstanding holding midfielder, yet Elneny’s recent displays of late have added fresh doubts to that claim and there is still plenty more to come.