Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal as it happened!
It was already an impossible mission for the Gunners who had to overturn a two-goal-deficit against the UEFA Champions League champions who were unbeaten in 37 consecutive games.
Mohamed Elneny partnered up with Mathieu Flamini as Arsenal's holding midfielders but he had a bigger role in the Gunners' build-up play compared to the Frenchman who was injured at the end of the first half and left his place for Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal had a good start, asking the Barca defense questions from the beginning through Ozil, Welbeck and the impressiven Nigerian wonderkid Alex Iwobi. Elneny got his first chance of the game in the 16th minute when his powerful effort from outside the box went just wide, but it was the hosts who drew first blood through Neymar two minutes later.
Arsenal continued their spirited performance despite the goal and Elneny had his second chance in the 38th minute as Arsenal work the ball inside the Barcelona box but his effort was blocked by Mathieu at the last moment.
And as they say, third time's the charm and the 23-year-old Egyptian was finally able to find the back of the net for the Gunners with a super striker from just outside the box that went to the top corner of the net after he was set up by Alexis Sanchez.
Elneny continued with his impressive performance after the goal, tracking back and helping in the build-up, but the writing was on the wall as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi found the back of the net in the 65th and 88th minutes respectively and Barca cruised past Arsenal to the quarter-finals on an aggregate of 5-1.
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) 16 March 2016
Elneny the major positive to come out of tonight's game. Absolute workhorse. Covered more ground than any player. pic.twitter.com/TJV8Qve3xa
— Chris Wheatley (@GoonerTalk) 16 March 2016