When Arsenal appears to be on the brink of breaking through in European competition, one club always seems to get in the way. FC Barcelona.
Perhaps the most anticipated UEFA Champions League knockout stage tie gets underway Wednesday in London, with Arsenal and Barcelona renewing their European rivalry (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). The clubs, linked together by classic matches, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, will meet in the Champions League for the third time since 2006.
The Spanish side has had the better of the previous meetings, capturing the 2006 Champions League title at the Gunners' expense and rallying from a second-leg deficit in last year's quarterfinals behind a four-goal effort by Lionel Messi.
Here are highlights of Messi's epic performance from a year ago:
How do you see today's match playing out?
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