The 2015-2016 UEFA Champions League knockout round has arrived, and fans can watch a live stream online as Arsenal and Barcelona face off for the eighth time in Champions League play, a series that has been almost completely dominated by the La Liga powerhouse. Since Arsenal and Barcelona first met in Champions League play back in 1999, the London side have won only one time, with Barcelona winning four along with a pair of draws.
Barcelona has been as powerful as ever this season, last losing a game in any competition back in October of last year. The legendary side have remained unbeaten in 32 consecutive matches across all competitions and have won 13 of their last 14 matches — and 16 out of 18.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have struggled with their recent form, coming off a lackluster 0-0 draw against lowly Hull in FA Cup play over the weekend. In their last five matches at the Emirates, Arsenal are averaging just a fraction of one goal per match.
But Barcelona have been as rich with goals as Arsenal have been impoverished, driving home 25 in their most recent eight matches alone.
Coming into Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match, Barcelona would appear to be prohibitive favorites. But that’s not how the Barcelona players see it, with midfielder Ivan Rakitic going as far as to deem Arsenal “one of the best teams in history.”
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 22, 2016
To get a clearer picture of how the two sides stack up, check out this fact-filled video preview of the Arsenal vs. Barcelona showdown, courtesy of the Guardian newspaper, below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Arsenal vs. Barcelona UEFA Champions League Round of 16 opening match, the first leg of the tie between the two powerhouse clubs, see the links at the bottom of this article. The match is set for kickoff at 7:45 p.m. local time at Emirates Stadium in North London, England, on Tuesday, February 23.
For viewers planning to log in to a live stream in the United States, that start time will be 2:45 p.m. Eastern, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
Arsenal have qualified for the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s top international club competition, a remarkable 16 years straight. But the Gunners have been bounced at the Round of 16 stage in the last five consecutive seasons, including by Barcelona in 2011.
The year before that, Arsenal made it all the way to the quarterfinals, only to be eliminated by Barcelona there as well.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has no illusions about what his team is up against if they want to break their streak of Round of 16 failures.
“No team is perfect, but Barcelona are not far from it. We need to take our chances,” Wenger said on Monday. “They have a team that can score at any moment. Even when they are being dominated they are still very dangerous.”
Barcelona Manager Luis Enrique also said he was taking nothing for granted against Arsenal, although he felt confident that his team would emerge from the Round of 16 with a win no matter what.
“Being labeled favorites means nothing. We have to prove ourselves game after game and we are going to try to. If we get a good score tomorrow that would be fantastic,” Enrique said.
“I am delighted to have such a good front three, and also with the squad as a whole,” he continued. “They are all the chosen ones because they are fantastic. I’m absolutely delighted to be their manager. I just say ‘abracadabra’ and the magic sparks.”
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Will Arsenal be the team to stop the Catalan giants’ five-month unbeaten run, with a win in the first leg of their 2015-2016 UEFA Champions League knockout round opener? Will Barcelona one again stifle the Gunners’ hopes, sending Premier League side out in the Round of 16 for the sixth straight year? To find out, watch the Arsenal vs. Barcelona UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match live online from Emirates Stadium in North London, England, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link or paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go available at this link. To watch the game on mobile devices, download the Fox Sports Go app.
A Spanish-language stream of the Arsenal vs. Barcelona match is available to watch live online via WatchESPN at this link.
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