Arsene Wenger says Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi are the best attacking force he’s ever come against and capable of turning ‘normal life into art’.
The trio grabbed a goal each on a wet night at the Camp Nou as Barcelona built on Messi’s first-leg brace to secure a 5-1 aggregate victory over Arsenal in the Champions League.
The Gunners had chances of their own to panic Luis Enrique’s side, but managed to only get three of their efforts at goal on target. It was a difference that the boss couldn’t help but highlight when he faced the press after the match.
“It was a team performance and the quality was good,” said Wenger of his side’s showing.
“I’m disappointed with the result but we played against a team with the best strikers I have seen play together. It is exceptional, they can make chances from nothing.
“We could not take our chances to [find] a second goal that would put us in a strong position tonight but after they scored and it was 2-1, our belief was less than when it was 1-1. We had chances and Barcelona are an exceptional side.”
“We could have taken the dangerous situations we created,” he continued. Barcelona, going forward in the final third with the quality of passing and creativity, Messi was absolutely exceptional.
“Barcelona, going forward in the final third with the quality of passing and creativity, Messi was absolutely exceptional. He went for 90 minutes and came out of the game without missing a first touch, no matter where the ball came from. Barcelona have two or three players who can transform normal life into art.”