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.
When you find out Arsenal have drawn Barca… pic.twitter.com/FlwgxcJ2ak
— Danielle Bramley ???? (@dani3ll3braml3y) December 14, 2015
The Arsenal feed did not make for nice reading for any Gunners fan.
Looking forward to Arsenal's heroic 'win by one goal fewer than needed' second leg performance.
— phil . i . am (@AngryOfN5) December 14, 2015
When Arsenal Fans Say They
Can Beat Barcelona In UCL pic.twitter.com/jTGJCLh3at
— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) December 14, 2015
Arsenal get Barca, my god
— Matt Craig (@MattHDGamer) December 14, 2015
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 14, 2015
This one tweet really drove home Arsenal’s deepest fears for the encounter.
I like Arsenal a lot, great football team, philosophy, fans and manager but make no mistake about it…we're coming to rip their soul out.
— DOUBLETREBLE WINNERS (@messileftfoot) December 14, 2015
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.
Arsenal fans pic.twitter.com/9PgCmSJIwO
— black skin, gold soul (@Tumiiiisang) December 14, 2015