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Published: 23:26 | 16/3/16

Welbeck seeks lessons from Barca defeat


Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck admits “there's a lot to be learned” after the Gunners crashed out the Champions League following a 5-1 aggregate Round of 16 defeat to Barcelona.

Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were all on target as Barca made it 38 matches without defeat with a 3-1 win over the Gunners at the Camp Nou, following their 2-0 first leg victory at the Emirates Stadium on 23 February.

Mohamed Elneny netted his first Arsenal goal to make it 1-1 on the night six minutes into the second half, following Neymar's opener, before Suarez and Messi wrapped up the easy victory.

"We had a plan to try and get through to the next round," Welbeck told BT Sport after Arsenal crashed out of the competition at the last-16 stage for a sixth consecutive season.

"It's a difficult occasion for us but unfortunately we couldn't get through.

"We had a couple of opportunities where we should have done better with it and with their quality that they've got they're very clinical. There's a lot to be learned.

"[Camp Nou] is a place where you want to leave your mark and there were certain occasions where we could have done things better. It's disappointing."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that the Gunners' failure to get beyond the last-16 stage over the last six years is down to unlucky draws.

"We have gone out in the last six years to top sides who won the Champions League after. On one occasion we lost to Monaco but the others are always against Bayern Munich or Barcelona," he said.

The Frenchman paid tribute to the Neymar, Suarez and Messi axis, but insists his side had their chances to get a foothold in the tie following Elneny's second-half strike.

"I’m disappointed with the result but we played against a team with the best strikers I have seen play together," he continued.

"It is exceptional, they can make chances from nothing. We could not take our chances to [find] a second goal that would put us in a strong position tonight but after they scored and it was 2-1, our belief was less than when it was 1-1. We had chances and Barcelona are an exceptional side."

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