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The playmaker came through the ranks at Barcelona while van Gaal was manager at the Camp Nou and reserved praise of the highest order for the Dutch coach

Van Persie off as Barca beat Gunners again

Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1 (Barcelona win 4-3 on aggregate)

Why is Alves chasing more money? Because he's worth it

The last coach to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp was Esteban Vigo of Hercules. Asked recently for his plan for shutting down the most prolific team in football, he touched on the question of man-marking Lionel Messi. "There is no point," he said. "You man-mark Messi, then you have to man-mark Xavi, and Villa and Iniesta and Pedro... and then Alves scores."

Barcelona laugh off Jack Wilshere transfer speculation

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has laughed off suggestions he might try to sign Arsenal midfield Jack Wilshere.

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Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal can dump favourites Barcelona out of the Champions League to prolong the most enjoyable spell of his life.

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1 Arsenal seemed mentally prepared for having to chase shadows

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Andres Iniesta says Barcelona will have to beat "one of the best teams in the world" if they are to pip Arsenal to a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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In the past three seasons Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been outwitted by the Catalans &ndash; but last year <i>Internazionale</i> showed one way to beat Europe's entertainers

James Lawton: Captain has had to juggle responsibility and desire

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Di Natale brings abrupt end to Inter's revival under Leonardo

Internazionale suffered their first defeat in six games under new coach Leonardo when the Serie A champions lost 3-1 at in-form Udinese yesterday. Inter's Dejan Stankovic hit a 16th-minute opener after Thiago Motta's pass but defender Cristian Zapata soon equalised for eighth-placed Udinese with a powerful left-footed shot which Luca Castellazzi failed to stop.

Hold The Back Page: 22/01/2011

It's a big weekend for...

Darren Bent's rescue mission

Today will be the biggest match of Darren Bent's career as he makes his Aston Villa debut against Manchester City.

James Lawton: Iniesta deserved Fifa award &ndash; he had the world at his feet in 2010

Messi again displayed mesmerising skills, but he did not dominate the great events

Xavi and Andres Iniesta hail Fifa winner Lionel Messi

Barcelona duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta both lauded club-mate Lionel Messi after tonight being pipped by the Argentinian to become the inaugural winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta shortlisted for Fifa Ballon d'Or

Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta have been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Fifa overlooks English players for Ballon d'Or

Three premier League players have been included on the 23-man shortlist for the Fifa Ballon d'Or, although no English players were included.

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