Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed that he knew Arsenal would be unable to hold on to the 0-0 score-line in the second half of their Champions League clash on Tuesday, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The Gunners managed to keep the fixture at a stalemate in the first period with a solid defensive display, which would have been a welcomed result despite playing at home in the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger’s men even had several chances to take the lead themselves, but were unable to take the advantage.
But all that good work was wasted when the MSN trio of Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar combined to set up the Ballon D’or holder for the first goal, before the Argentine scored another penalty to almost assure progress to the quarter-finals.
And to rub salt into their wounds, Messi claimed that he knew the Gunners would crumble in the second half from their intense pressure.
“They worked really hard for each other during the first half but we knew they wouldn’t be able to cope with the pressure after the break,” he said.
“We started to find space and were able to open the scoring. Arsenal are capable of anything. We leave here with a great result, but the idea had always been to go out and win.
“We played excellently against a fantastic team. I’m delighted with the way we played throughout the game.”
Arsenal will now need to win by at least two goals at the Nou Camp to have any chance of knocking out the current European champions.