Arsenal fans are under no illusions about the size of the task facing the Gunners in the Champions League this evening, with Barcelona having claimed a historic second continental treble last season and with their front three of Messi, Neymar and Suarez in devastating form both individually and as an attacking trident.
But if anyone should feel a bit less fear about facing the Barca front three it is Arsenal and particularly our new keeper Petr Cech. The Czech Republic international has an amazing and encouraging record against the best player in the world and the winner of the Ballon D’Or, as he has faced Messi no fewer than six times while playing for Chelsea and the little Argentinean has never managed to beat Cech.
Messi even missed a penalty against the big keeper in a Champions League semi-final and that suggests that the complex that the Barca striker might have could really be there. As reported by The Mirror though, it is not just Messi that has struggled against our number one, as between then the Barca forwards have played 11 games against Cech and only managed to score two goals.
That certainly gives us reason for hope, although none of these games involved Arsenal. However, when Suarez was sweeping all before him in a Liverpool shirt, he did not enjoy himself against us, managing just two goals against the Gunners during his four seasons in England and neither of those goals helped his side to a win over us.
Can we keep this remarkable record going tonight?