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.
Iwobi was sharp tonight, deserved his starting place. Again, no composure or clinical edge cost us in final third #Arsenal
— Andy Wright (@andywright711) March 16, 2016
And a big shout out to Iwobi, i think we’ve found our Walcott replacemant
— Gooner_Esque (@lloydfame) March 16, 2016
Time to be ruthless.
— Mikaeeleo (@MikaeelMathews) March 16, 2016
Iwobi – Pace, Strength and great technique. What a player he is. Was calm under pressure. Big stage didn’t make him nervous. Great mentality
— Özil (@MHGooner95) March 16, 2016
Fam, Alex Iwobi is a baller. He is better than Ox and Walcott.
— Atif (@Atz0121) March 16, 2016
The youngster was substituted at Camp Nou after 73 minutes, when he was replaced by Olivier Giroud.