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CL: Messi-Neymar-Suarez can turn football into art, says Arsene Wenger

Barcelona: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as capable of turning football into art as all three struck to eliminate his side from the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger. Pics/AFP
Arsene Wenger. Pics/AFP

The Gunners bowed out at the last 16 stage 5-1 on aggregate after a 3-1 defeat at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

However, the difference in quality in front of goal was the deciding factor in the tie as Barca's trio netted to take their combined tally for the season to 106.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez (left) celebrates his goal with teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar (right) during their Champions League match against Arsenal at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on Wednesday
Barcelona's Luis Suarez (left) celebrates his goal with teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar (right) during their Champions League match against Arsenal at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on Wednesday

"We have to admire art and they have three players that transform normal life into art. I have to say we played against a team with the best strikers I've seen. The three are exceptional and from nothing they can create a chance," Wenger said.

"We didn't take the chances and the quality of Barca's creativity, especially Messi is exceptional. He didn't miss one first touch in 90 minutes For me it is suffering, but it is exceptional what he does."

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