‘Sounds like a Star Wars character’ – Twitter erupts as Arsenal boss hands teenager shock start

Arsenal are preparing for arguably the biggest challenge in European football tonight – overcoming a 2-0 deficit against Barcelona at the Nou Camp – and the team sheets came in around half an hour ago.

Barcelona’s line-up is how you’d expect; Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez forming a world-class attacking triplet, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta pulling the strings in midfield and Dani Alves and Jordi Alba providing the width from full-back.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal selection, however, has raised a few eyebrows, particularly in regards to the shock inclusion of youngster Alex Iwobi – most curiously, at the expense of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell, who all find themselves warming up the bench.

The Nigerian youngster has certainly shown a few glimpses of his potential this season, registering twelve appearances across all competitions, and Wenger is clearly a huge fan – refusing the chance to loan the 19-year-old out during the January transfer window.

But is he really ready to impact at the Nou Camp, as Arsenal look to overturn a two-goal deficit and maintain some meaning to an otherwise wasted season? Some on Twitter have branded it a masterstroke, but others aren’t so convinced.