Jermaine Jenas reacts to Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona

Jermaine Jenas says Arsenal failed to make the most of their chances after a 2-0 loss to Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium

Jermaine Jenas criticised Arsenal for failing to take their opportunities against Barcelona after Tuesday’s 2-0 first-leg defeat in the Champions League last 16.

The north London side managed to keep Barcelona at bay in the first half despite the visitors finishing with 71 per cent possession after the opening 45 minutes.

I was really happy with Arsenal’s tactics for once but I don’t think they had the quality in the final third

Jermaine Jenas

Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had chances to make the breakthrough for the hosts before Barcelona finally opened the scoring in the 71st minute.

Luis Suarez and Neymar combined on the left wing and Lionel Messi finished from close range with the Arsenal defence out of position.

Substitute Mathieu Flamini brought down the Argentina international with seven minutes remaining and Messi finished from the spot to seal a 2-0 first-leg win.

Speaking to BBC Sport after a disappointing night for the Gunners, Jenas praised Arsene Wenger’s tactics despite Arsenal ultimately losing at The Emirates.

“I felt the Arsenal players gave good account of themselves in parts of the game but this Barcelona side have got too much class. Tonight is a flavour of how dangerous they can be,” Jenas said.

“Arsenal will be thinking what could have been. They didn’t capitalise on the opportunities they had. They didn’t seem to have enough when Barcelona ramped it up.

“I was really happy with Arsenal’s tactics for once but I don’t think they had the quality in the final third.”

Arsenal make the trip to Barcelona for the second leg on 16 March.

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