Having conceded a goal after 18 minutes and another just after an hour, adding to a 2-0 deficit from the first leg earlier this month, Arsenal are facing a real mountain to climb at the Nou Camp.
From 200 fixtures in the Champions League, Arsene Wenger has never claimed a win at Barcelona’s home ground – and to make matters worse, the Catalans are miles above their domestic and European competition at the moment with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – otherwise known as MSN – scoring an incredible 105 times already this season.
But as the Gunners attempt the seemingly impossible, January signing Mohamed Elneny has delivered a vital lifeline for the Premier League outfit.
Indeed, some smart play in the final third combined with expert movement from Arsenal’s midfield created a pocket of space for the Egyptian international just outside the penalty box, allowing him to apply a curled yet powerful finish into the top corner that Barcelona’s four-time Ballon d’Or winner would be proud of.
Needless to say, Arsenal fans have been expressing their jubilation on social media – although their side need to score three more times to go through!
ELNENY SCORES FOR ARSENAL! WHAT A GOAL! IT'S ON, IT'S BLOODY ON!
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 16, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 16, 2016
If Ozil and Elneny score again I will convert to Islam
— Eric Mathis (@mathis_eric) March 16, 2016
Elneny on fire
— ツ °° بتاع اتاري °° ツ (@MahmoudRaga2y) March 16, 2016
— Daniel (@DanielVarney21) March 16, 2016
— Munchy' (@AhmedMunchyy) March 16, 2016
Omg elneny I was wrong all this time
— Wilfred NOT Zaha (@iPred_) March 16, 2016
Elneny had a good debut & then wasn't played again for several games . You wonder why?
— Ferdüs (@Ina_Ferdy04) March 16, 2016
My mom is Egyptian, my dad Swiss. They both knew Elneny was a God the second we signed him, obvs https://t.co/kaWnw2dM0N
— Paul Fischer (@tencents77) March 16, 2016
Arsenal fans to talk about 'that Elneny performance v Barca' like they do with Wilshere for the next 10 years, cos of that goal.
— Lew (@ffsLew) March 16, 2016