By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the sixth consecutive season to leave their fans in further despair.

But one optimistic note for supporters on Wednesday night was the performance of teenage attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi.

The 19-year-old was surprisingly given the nod to start at Camp Nou as Arsenal attempted to overturn the 2-0 Barcelona advantage from the first leg.

The Gunners ultimately fell well short in their quest, as a Mohamed Elneny strike was overshadowed by goals from Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as the holders ran out 3-1 winners on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.

Iwoibi, who was starting just his fifth match for Arsenal and the first in either the Premier League or Champions League, impressed supporters with his performance on the right flank.

The youngster was substituted at Camp Nou after 73 minutes, when he was replaced by Olivier Giroud.

In other Arsenal news, former England international Danny Mills has claimed the Gunners are only two players from being a ‘top side’.