Had superior first, eventually subdued Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the morning continued the Champions League last 16 first leg.
The game also runs entertaining as both teams created many chances. Coach Pep Guardiola admitted running game interesting. "A fantastic game with many chances of each team," he said, Thursday, February 17, 2011.
Guardiola also praised the Arsenal squad that appears to play an admired style. "Arsenal has always been a good squad, they are strong and resilient. We were more or less dominate and control the game. Unfortunately we lost, but that's football," said Guardiola was quoted Goal.
Guardiola also knows how good Arsenal Gunners and how forces can play a counter-attack. "This is a European competition and we are aware of the opponent that we face are those that have a high level in this round. I admire Arsenal's style of play," he said.
With this result can get away with Barcelona winning 1-0 in the Nou Camp in three weeks. Meanwhile Arsenal needed only a draw.
To advance to the round of eight, Arsenal have not completely safe. Arsenal will again meet with Barcelona in the second leg at home in the Camp Nou.