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Match facts: Barcelona v Arsenal

Published: Saturday 5 March 2011, 4.29CET
Match facts: Barcelona v Arsenal
Lionel Messi has been in prolific form ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 5 March 2011, 4.29CET

Match facts: Barcelona v Arsenal

Barcelona

UEFA milestones
• Barcelona have scored 747 goals in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Lionel Messi is Barça's all-time leading scorer in the competition with 31 goals in 51 games. He overtook Rivaldo (25 in 45) on Matchday 1.

• Gerard Piqué is suspended following his first-leg booking; Andrés Iniesta is within a yellow card of a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 5 March: FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Zaragoza (Keita 43)
Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Milito, Maxwell (Abidal 75); Xavi, Mascherano, Keita, Pedro (Iniesta 86); Messi, Bojan (Villa 66)

• Barcelona stretched their unbeaten run at the Camp Nou to 20 matches in all competitions. They have won 18 since the 2-0 defeat by Hércules CF on 11 September.

• Seydou Keita, who hit a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture last term, completed Barcelona's first back-to-back 1-0 wins since January/February 2008.

• Messi has scored 46 goals in 44 games for club and country this season, including late winners against Athletic Club (2-1) on 20 February and Valencia CF (1-0) on 2 March. He was also on target in the 3-0 victory at RCD Mallorca on 26 February.

• The Athletic Club match was Josep Guardiola's 100th Liga game at the Barcelona helm. His record of 79 wins, 14 draws and seven defeats is the best ever at this stage of a career in the Spanish top flight, surpassing Miguel Muñoz's 72 wins, 13 draws and 15 defeats at Real Madrid CF.

• Barcelona's record 16-match winning run in the Liga, surpassing Real Madrid's 1960/61 mark of 15 under Muñoz, ended with a 1-1 draw at Real Sporting de Gijón on 12 February.

• The Catalan outfit had won all ten of their away games in the Liga this season, a club record, before the Sporting Gijón draw. They nonetheless remain unbeaten on their travels in 20 league games, a Spanish top-flight record.

• Barça's club record 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended when they lost 3-1 at Real Betis Balompié on 19 January in the Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg.

• They had won the first meeting 5-0, however, and after an 8-0 aggregate victory over UD Almería they will now face Real Madrid in the final at Mestalla on 20 April.

• Xavi Hernández played his 550th game for Barcelona on 5 January, surpassing Migueli's club record.

• The 8-0 win at Almería on 20 November equalled Barça's record for a Liga away victory. The Camp Nou outfit triumphed by the same scoreline at UD Las Palmas on 25 October 1959.

Injury news
• Víctor Valdés returned to the starting XI on Saturday for the first time since suffering a left knee injury at Arsenal.

• Xavi suffered a calf injury in training on 22 February but returned to action against Valencia.

• Jeffrén (left thigh, out since 20 January) and Carles Puyol (left knee, 22 January) are back in training.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven), Martín Montoya*
Out: Martí Riverola*
* from B list

Miscellaneous
• Puyol has been awarded €100,000 by UEFA after being named in the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2010. He will donate the sum to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) before the second leg kicks off. The donation will support the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programme in Afghanistan.

• After the Valencia win Guardiola – who signed a one-year contract extension until 2012 on 23 February – spent three days in hospital undergoing treatment on a herniated disc but was back on the bench on Saturday.

• Barcelona marked International Women's Day (8 March) by making the presidential box at the Camp Nou women-only for the Zaragoza game. The club invited influential women from across Catalonia to attend and celebrated significant female figures from the club's past and present.

Arsenal

UEFA milestones
• The first leg was the Gunners' 200th match in UEFA competition and their 99th victory.

• Arsenal have scored 197 UEFA Champions League goals and conceded 197 in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Arsenal have scored 20 goals, the highest total ahead of the second legs.

• The Gunners have won only 24 corners, fewer than any other side in the last 16.

• Bacary Sagna served a one-game ban in the first leg; Emmanuel Eboué will incur a suspension with his next booking.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 5 March: Arsenal FC 0-0 Sunderland AFC
Szczęsny; Sagna, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy; Denilson (Chamakh 62), Wilshere; Nasri, Diaby (Rosický 77), Arshavin; Bendtner

• Arsenal stretched their unbeaten league run to 11 matches (seven wins, four draws).

• Wenger's side are yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes of a league game this season.

• The Gunners are unbeaten in their last four away games in all competitions, drawing the last two.

• Arsenal's 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including nine wins, ended with a 2-1 defeat by Birmingham City FC in the English League Cup final at Wembley on 27 February. The Gunners had been hoping to claim their first trophy since the FA Cup triumph of 2005.

• Arsenal beat Leyton Orient FC 5-0 in an FA Cup fifth round replay on 2 March, Nicklas Bendtner scoring a hat-trick.

• Gaël Clichy scored Arsenal's fifth goal, only his second for the club on his 255th appearance. His first came against Stoke City FC on 1 November 2008.

• Arsenal will visit Manchester United FC in the quarter-finals on 12 March.

• Ignasi Miquel made his debut in the first game against Orient, a 1-1 draw on 20 February. He also featured in the replay, when Conor Henderson played 90 minutes on his first senior appearance.

• The injured Robin van Persie has scored 12 goals in his last nine Arsenal appearances.

Injury news
• Laurent Koscielny missed the Orient replay with a hamstring injury but returned on Saturday, when Jack Wilshere played 90 minutes but picked up an ankle knock.

• Thomas Vermaelen has not played since 7 September due to an Achilles problem.

• Van Persie was ruled out for three weeks after damaging his knee scoring Arsenal's goal in the League Cup final.

• Cesc Fàbregas (hamstring) and Theo Walcott (ankle sprain) have not played since picking up injuries against Stoke on 23 February while Alex Song (knee) has been sidelined since 27 February.

• Łukasz Fabiański is likely to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a shoulder injury during the warm-up before Arsenal's game with Manchester City FC on 5 January.

• Emmanuel Frimpong has not played since damaging knee ligaments in training in August.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Damián Martínez
Out: Håvard Nordtveit (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach)

• Carlos Vela (West Bromwich Albion FC), Aaron Ramsey, Jay Emanuel-Thomas (both Cardiff City FC), Gilles Sunu (FC Lorient) and Craig Eastmond (Millwall FC) were among the players to leave Arsenal on loan in January.

Miscellaneous
• Tomáš Rosický's goal in the Czech Republic's 4-2 friendly defeat by Croatia on 9 February was his first in 49 games for club and country, since 20 January 2010. He scored in his next outing, too, at Orient on 20 February.

• Wilshere made his first start for England in their 2-1 friendly win against Denmark on 9 February.

Last updated: 07/03/11 19.27CET

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