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FIFA 11 Predicts Barcelona vs Arsenal Result

The masterminds at EA have taken their FIFA 11 game simulation machine and predicted the result of tonight’s Barcelona against Arsenal match.

After Arsenal’s historic 2-1 win against Barcelona at the Emirates, will the Gunners be able to overcome the best team in the world at Camp Nou? Or will Barcelona’s away goal make the difference?

Watch the video to see all of the action. And tell us who you think will win tonight by posting your opinions in the comments section below.

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39 Responses to FIFA 11 Predicts Barcelona vs Arsenal Result

  1. Phenoum says:

    Hah – not likely – my money’s on a 2-2 draw, Arsenal scoring first in the second half

  2. bON says:

    haha not happening…just like the 1st leg prediction… :p

  3. dumb says:

    This is so dumb and one of the biggest wastes of time ever..Thanks

  4. Dave C says:

    I don’t see the point of these articles. It’s a video game. It has about as much relevance to real life as Grand Theft Auto.

  5. Richard says:

    I’m an Arsenal fan so I’m hoping a 1-1 draw, but really don’t care as long as Arsenal go through. I hope the game has more action than the highlights of that simulation.

  6. Arsenalman says:

    I am predicting a 3 – 3 draw. Sagna will score one, Nasri one and Charmak or Wilshare one.

  7. masimba says:

    2:0 arsenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!gunners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh yeah

  8. MilotiNY says:

    3:1 Barca. Place your bets NOW.

  9. El Tri 2014 says:

    Should be a great game. Pep managed to say some things to light a fire underneath Wilshire’s bum but then Pep was being honest. Somehow I think that will translate to 1 goal for Arsenal.

    Barca 3 – Arsenal 1
    Messi 15′ Take your pick Nasri, Cesc, VP 39′
    Villa 40′
    Messi 65′

  10. Kautzie says:

    Rosicky is in the lineup over Arshavin???? WTF!!!!
    Wenger never learns his lesson.

  11. Dave G says:

    Why cant FSC match up the feed with the commentary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The SAME thing happened for the first leg of matches, its off by a couple of seconds…
    Is there NO quality control department at FSC??? ffs!!!!!

    • King Eric says:

      couldn’t agree more, horrible, especially for such a spectacle. btw, as a neutral in this game as a man utd. supporter, arsenal were robbed of a fair game and playing it out with 11 men when tied 1-1. it’s instances like these that kill an entire match for me make me think for certain that there’s still plenty of match fixing going on, even at the highest level. the referee single-handedly ruined the entire match and gave it to barca on a silver platter, what an absolute disgrace!

      • Kautzie says:

        Great post man even if you are a United fan, couldn’t have said better myself.

      • SeminoleGunner says:

        I agree. Barcelona are the better team, but as Arsenal fans well know the better team does not always win. Barca was getting in their own way just enough, and it looked like Arsenal might be up to the task at 1-1.

        But reduced to 10 men at Camp Nou is just quite simply an impossible hill to overcome. I think as a referee you have to make absolutely sure before sending someone off in that spot, and instead he gives one of the softest reds I’ve ever seen. Somehow amidst it all, Abidal manages to grab van Persie around the neck and escapes without even a caution.

  12. Kautzie says:

    That’s the worst refereeing decision I have ever seen.
    That referee should be shot, credit to RVP for not keeping his cool as I would have leveled the bent f*ck before I left the pitch as the fix is obviously in now.

    • Sean says:

      The worst refereeing decision you have ever seen?

      The referee should be shot?

      Really?

      It is not even the worst referring decision of the past seven days: http://fourfourtwo.com/news/england/74954/default.aspx

      P.S. If van Persie never got a stupid yellow card in the first place, he would have never put himself in that position. In a game of that magnitude it is essential that one keeps their cool because we have seen many times in the past where a cheap yellow card can come back to haunt someone.

  13. Earl Reed says:

    Soccer is a game of circumstances. I think all this phooey about how Arsenal was outplayed from the talking heads is sh*t. Absolute sh*t.

    The tactic Wenger played was to play extremely defensively, with occasional counterattacks. To say that Barca deserved to win is true, but Arsenal played their game perfectly until Cesc Fabregas failed to play security. Still, Wenger wanted 1-0 at that point, until the last 30 minutes. For all Wenger cared, Barcelona could kick and dick the ball around the pitch until their legs fell off.

    The card to van Persie was preposterous, and it would be great to hear UEFA’s justification. It’s not like he was spending every opportunity to kick the ball into the 50th row. He was called offside, and his second touch was the shot.

    But my point is that, if someone wants to consider tactics, Barcelona was not better at their particular tactic than Arsenal was at theirs (as evidenced by the 3-2 AGG scoreline)…until after the sending off. At that point, Arsenal was up Sh*t’s Creek without an oar, and had a very remote chance of moving forward. That remote chance almost happened, but Bendtner isn’t gifted enough to turn that into gold.

    • Joe says:

      Disagree. Arsenal were completely outplayed for 90 minutes and were gifted the only goal they got close to scoring (Bendtner’s doesn’t count cause c’mon, Bendter is always useless). What exactly was Van Persie doing on defense that Arsenal lost with his sending off?Barcelona had the ball in the final third for most of the game, with Van Persie watching.

      But knowing Arsenal fans, they’ll once again claim robbery instead of looking at the facts: your team abandoned the style of “beautiful” football you haughtily defend week after week, relying on shaky defenders to hold up attack after attack for 90 minutes. Arsenal aren’t good enough to do that.

      But hey, keep blaming refs and everyone else while your team continues to go without trophies.

      • Earl Reed says:

        That’s your opinion. As far as abandoning a tactic, let’s relate this to something: I’m sure that you continue to speed down the freeway at 80 MPH when a cop is riding to your side? Didn’t think so. No, you slow down, change your tactic. Same goes for if you have extra time to get to where you’re going, you’re not going to race and chance getting a ticket.

        The chances for Arsenal to get blasted were a lot greater if they played their normal style. You saw what happened when they tried to string passes together in the midfield, Barca’s pressure caused loads of giveaways.

        Your point about van Persie’s defensive contributions is valid. My contention would be that the life was sucked out of Arsenal after the sending off, and especially after it got to 2-1. At that point, their odds of striking back were long.

        Lastly, just as an aside, I just watched the replay on FSC (I watched the match at a bar w/ friends). The referee’s whistle sounded a few milliseconds before the offending shot that van Persie took. The only argument that makes any sense is that van Persie saw the assistant’s flag, and while that may be the case, he was more likely to be assessing how he would trap the ball while facing two onrushing defenders. It was a pretty poor call by the referee.

        • Joe says:

          Here’s why I still contend their tactics were not smart:
          1) They were contingent on the premise of absorbing Barcelona’s pressure for 90 minutes at Camp Nou, which is very unrealistic with Arsenal’s defense.
          2) They were contingent on playing “Inter-style”, i.e. getting the ball and pouncing on the counter-attack. They were without the only player on their squad who is a legitimate speed threat on the counter (Walcott).

          • Joe says:

            Alright I suppose other Arsenal players are speed threats (Nasri, Arshavin), but no Walcott is a huge disadvantage if you’re trying to play counter-attacking football

      • bill says:

        RVP was at least an outlet, someone to look for when Arsenal won the ball in their own half, so to say that he did nothing is a little much. When he was sent off, they were really playing a 4-2-3-0, so no outlet to send deep and relieve the pressure. They tried Nasri down the wing once or twice, but he isnt the type of player to hold up play. I think Rosicky should have made way for Chamakh or Bendtner as soon as the red was given, but hey, that’s football

        • Sean says:

          Bill,

          Using RVP as an outlet is pointless if you’re getting overwhelmed with Barcelona’s pressing and not doing much pressing yourself. They had no attempts on goal because they were too busy getting closed down to be able to do that.

    • Sean says:

      “But my point is that, if someone wants to consider tactics, Barcelona was not better at their particular tactic than Arsenal was at theirs (as evidenced by the 3-2 AGG scoreline)…”

      Mate, you’re having a laugh.

      First of all, Arsenal was only up 3-2 on aggregate at that point because Busquets scored an own goal. Let us not forget that Arsenal recorded a grand total of ZERO attempts on goal for the entire match.

      What’s more, I love the bit of revisionist history people are partaking in after this match. Arsenal touched the ball 41 times in Barcelona’ s half in the first 45 minutes. Barcelona touched the balls 310 times in Arsenal’s half in the first 45 minutes. Until Bendtner showed his fantastic touch (or lack thereof) in the 87th minute, Arsenal never looked like scoring.

      Additionally, I like the fact that people seem to be under the impression that Arsenal would not have been overwhelmed in the end nonetheless. Yes, Arsenal was down to ten men but, we must not forget that the man they lost was a striker. Can the loss of a striker in the 56th minute explain away the Barcelona having 76% of the possession, completing 738 passes to Arsenal’s 199 and having 20 shots compared to Arsenal’s 0?

      Finally, if Almunia doesn’t play like he is Lev Yashin the scoreline would not have been as close as it was and that had nothing to do with tactics since the only reason he played was due to an injury.

      • Earl Reed says:

        If they ended up losing 3-1 in an even manpower situation, then my opinion may have been different about who played the better tactical game.

        Remember that Arsenal played nearly the same tactic at Emirates. One difference was fitness. Fabregas was poor, and without Song the midfield was lost. So in that regard, a better tactic could have been plied…perhaps more wing play or bringing Bendtner on with van Persie. Regardless, we didn’t get the opportunity to see Plan A run it’s full course because two poor decisions were made: a) van Persie attacking Alves, and b) the referee reading too much into van Persie’s offside shot.

        • Sean says:

          You cannot say that the tactics were spot on and then complain about Fabregas’ lack of fitness. One of the most important parts of a tactical set-up is who you decide to deploy. It was a risk to play Fabregas and that gamble did not pay off since he was labouring from the 15th minute on.

          You mention the absence of Song. Need I remind you that Barcelona’s first choice pairing at the back was out thus forcing Busquets to play at the back (coincidentally putting him in a position where he conceded an own goal off of a corner) and causing them to use Mascherano in a position that Busquets is better suited for?

          Furthermore, let us not be confused. Yes, Arsenal did win at The Emirates, but they were dominated for most of the match. Arsenal’s victory came as the result of a brilliant comeback thanks to two late goals. If a side’s tactics involve being utterly dominated by Barcelona and then hoping to snatch a result at the death, I hardly can see how one can say that is tactically astute as opposed to just hoping for the best with a bend don’t break mentality.

          • Earl Reed says:

            And I can see your point. If you’re going to judge the effectiveness of a tactic on things like possession, touches, completion percentage, and time spent in each third, then Barcelona was the winner. But realistically…can a team playing that tactic with that kind of control of the match be considered effective at 1-1?

            The last thing I will say is that, if Arsenal had planned on playing possession with pretty passing, then I’d say they had a very poor game. If you listen to Wenger’s postmatch comments, you will see that was not the case, and in fact he was trying to let Barca wear themselves out and try to nick an away goal either on the break or in the final 30 minutes. The criticism I would give is that they were poor on the counter.

          • Sean says:

            @Earl Reed

            I cannot reply directly to the comment you made at 7:53 am so I have no idea where this will end up anyway…

            “But realistically…can a team playing that tactic with that kind of control of the match be considered effective at 1-1? ”

            You are neglecting to realize that there were still 34 minutes left and Barcelona was overwhelming Arsenal. Arsenal, as I previously stated, never looked like scoring. The only reason Arsenal even had a goal was thanks to Busquets. If Wenger’s game plan included Busquets scoring an own goal, he is a smarter man than I ever thought he was and I thought he was pretty bright to begin with.

            It is not so much that Arsenal did not plan to play a possession game with pretty passing; it is that they decided to play a game that goes completely against the way they are built. Keep van Persie on and I doubt the result changes. How much service did the men up front get? How many shot attempts did Arsenal have before van Persie went off? Just how vital is van Persie’s role to Arsenal defensively when they are not even pressing nor can even get the ball up the pitch?

            “If you listen to Wenger’s postmatch comments, you will see that was not the case, and in fact he was trying to let Barca wear themselves out and try to nick an away goal either on the break or in the final 30 minutes.”

            So, in other words, his plan was to let Barcelona do whatever they want and hope to tire them out? We are talking about the same Barcelona that does essentially whatever they want against any side they play and rarely tire themselves out right (even less so when they are not even being pressured)?

  14. gargoyle22 says:

    It’s not an an either/or argument when discussing what happened in Barcelona today. Yes Barca dominated the match and yes the decision to send off RVP was appalling and ruined what remained of the match.

    • JC says:

      Exactly. Barca outplayed them by a mile and could have won legitimately. But they didn’t. They never had the opportunity to. That was probably the single most suspicious call I’ve ever seen. What a joke. Absolutely ruined the match for me – a neutral with no love for Arsenal – and if the ref wasn’t fixing the match on purpose, he should be relieved of duty as that was atrocious.

      I’m really left with a bad taste in my mouth for the sport as a whole. Disgusting.

  15. liquidsun says:

    Ah here come all the Arsenal whiners in full force crying foul again after every game. How blind and foolish most of you are.
    I’m assuming that based on Arsenal’s attacking-Masterclass displayed at Camp-Nou they surely deserved to go through right?.. A night where they couldn’t string-3-passes-together in which they couldn’t even get out of their own-half much less manage a shot on goal and looked no better than Wigan!! This after all the boasting done by Wegner,Arsenal players and they’re fans, I guess the only natural thing to do is complain and blame the Referee afterwards eh gooners Lol?

    How conveniently you neglect all the bad refereeing decisions that have gone Arsenal’s way in their ties with Barcelona.1.Last year Arsenal were awarded a non-existent-penalty aganist in which Puyol receieved a straight red-card when he clearly never even attempted to challnge Fabregas for the ball much less touch him and infact Fabregas was the one who purposely stuck his leg out and fell to the ground in what was an oscar worthy performance. 2. 1st leg in London this year, Barcelona were denied a clear & legitmate Messi goal which replays clearly proved was onside. But yet you have Wegner & Arsenal fans crying foul 2 weeks later in a similar offside incident against Sunderland that happened to be called against them, how quickly they forget and make no mention of the fact that they benifited from a non-existent offside call just 2 weeks earlier! Who’s to say what would have happened had the goal stood.

    3.Last night at Camp Nou Messi was clearly fouled in the box in the 1st half and the ref again favored Arsenal by not calling what was a stone-cold penalty. 4. Koscielny already with a yellow should have been sent off twice in the second-half by the Referee for bad tackles one for the foul which brought down Pedro and should had handed Koscielnyn a second yellow but did not, instead he took pity on Koscielny and thus did Arsenal a huge favor!
    Barcelona had legitmate calls for bad refereeing decisions going against them both this year and last year. Against Inter-Milan they had a clear offside goal scored against them that was not called back and in the return leg had a goal disallowed for a non-existent handball and a 2nd goal diasllowed for a non-existent offside.Despite all this you didn’t hear Barcelona crying about like little girls.
    So Arsenal nor its fans have any right to complain moan or b^**h about bad calls. Be grateful that Barcelona were so poor infront of goal that Arsenal didn’t receive the beating they truly deserved, hell your no-name keeper’s injury was a blessing in disguise as with out Almunia it would have been far worse!
    Arsenal need to learn to be gracious in defeat and not cry foul after every game and maybe then just maybe they’ll actually win a trophie.

    • gargoyle22 says:

      You’re begging the question here. Subjectively going tit for tat on refereeing decisions in past matches completely misses the point – and so does pointing out that Barca dominated possession and scoring chances. Lord knows as an Arsenal fan, if dominating possesssion and scoring chances won football matches they’d have won a boatload of silverware over the last five years. But it doesn’t.

      Bottom line, Arsenal were going through when RVP got sent off.

      • Sean says:

        “Lord knows as an Arsenal fan, if dominating possesssion and scoring chances won football matches they’d have won a boatload of silverware over the last five years.”

        Therein lies you problem. Arsenal’s mentality is to dominate possession and create scoring chances. Over the two legs Arsenal had a grand total of 30% possession. Arsenal is not built to be a counter-attacking side. Even if they were, you would be hard pressed to find any side that could win a two-leg tie only having a mere 30% in the possession category.

        Bottom line, Arsenal never looked like scoring a goal until Bendtner had that one chance. Barcelona looked like they could and would score more.

  16. Chris H says:

    The better team won last night, thats a fact! Barcelona out classed Arsenal. Van Persie has got away with some stuff in his time and he should’nt have been messing about, he was on a yellow and he knew this.
    Well played Barcelona.

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