Silky skills: Lionel Messi takes on Thomas Vermaelen at the Emirate
The Argentina winger was involved in most of the good work as the champions of Spain overwhelmed Arsene Wenger's men in the early stages but as the game reached the business end Messi was subdued.
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He had a chance to put the tie beyond Arsenal midway through the second half, when he raced past Emmanuel Eboue into the box but was denied by a smart block from goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
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All Arsenal supporters will be hoping the Argentine star has a quiet night at the Nou Camp next Tuesday, as they bid for an unlikely triumph and a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
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