Arsenal's staggeringly bad line-up vs Barcelona in 2010

Worried about an Arsenal injury crisis? Perhaps fans should count their blessings...

Arsenal are cursing their luck over drawing Barcelona in the Champions League once again.

Yet their expected line up is likely to be much improved on the team they took to the Nou Camp in 2010.

That night the Gunners were torn apart by a rampant Lionel Messi who scored four goals, and looking at the team, it is little surprise.

A past it Mikael Silvestre was given the run around by Messi, and Manuel Almunia in goal could do little to stop him.

A central midfield pairing of Denlison and Abou Diaby was never going to stand a chance against Xavi and Andres Iniesta at the peak of their powers, while Nicklas Bendtner up front is described as a limited option at best.

This time around there is genuine star power in the Arsenal team, with former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, and ex-Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Lionel Messi has also never scored against Petr Cech, although the trouble with the La Liga giants now, is that there is Neymar and Luis Suarez to worry about too...

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