By Coral Barry

Arsenal have drawn Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 and Twitter predictably reacted with something other than sympathy for England’s representatives.

The Gunners sealed their passage into the first knockout stage with a memorable 3-0 victory over Olympiakos to snatch second place in their group and were rewarded with a draw against the all-conquering holders.

Last week Mathieu Flamini singled out the Spanish giants as the worst possible team Arsenal could face and Twitter seemed to agree with him in the aftermath of Monday morning’s draw.

The Arsenal feed did not make for nice reading for any Gunners fan.

This one tweet really drove home Arsenal’s deepest fears for the encounter.

Leading up to the draw, Arsenal had been on cloud nine after six days of footballing bliss.

Olivier Giroud scored his first hat-trick for the club in the must-win game at Olympiakos last Wednesday to seal passage to the Champions League knockout stage for the 16th consecutive season.

The Gunners then climbed to the top of the Premier League summit with a comfortable 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, in which Giroud bagged his 14th goal of the season and Mesut Ozil  laid on his 13th assist of an increasingly impressive season for Aaron Ramsey to round off a superb counter-attack/

This tweet seemed to sum up the before and after mood of many Arsenal supporters.