By Owen Pinch

Arsenal have met Barcelona only twice in competitive matches.

The two teams made up half of Champions League Group B in the 1999/2000 season, Sweden's AIK Solna and Italy's Fiorentina completed the quartet.

The first meeting was in the imposing surroundings of the 98,000 capacity Nou Camp.

Luis Enrique opened the scoring for Barça after Patrick Vieira indulged in a spot of impromptu ball juggling on the edge of his own box.

Things then went from bad to worse as Gilles Grimandi saw red for two bookable offences.

Wenger changed things round by bringing former Real Madrid striker Davor Suker on for Freddie Ljungberg to a cacophony of deafening whistles.

This seemed to do the trick as Kanu popped up with just nine minutes remaining to tuck home a rebound off Barcelona goalkeeper Ruud Hesp.

The return match took place 20 days later but it was not staged at Arsenal's home ground.

Due to a reduced capacity at Highbury for Champions League games the Club were experimenting with Wembley as a venue for our European nights.

The experiment seemed to be working as in our first European game staged there AIK Solna were duly dispatched 3-1 in front of 71,227 under the twin towers.

Barcelona were a different proposition however and the surrounding seemed to inspire the visitors who raced into a 2-0 lead through Luis Enrique and a penalty from Rivaldo.

Dennis Bergkamp pulled one back a minute before the break but further goals from Luis Figo and Phillip Cocu effectively ended the contest with 20 minutes still remaining.

Marc Overmars, later to join Barcelona, added a consolation goal late on.

Champions League 1st Group Stage
October 19, 1999
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Keown (Upson 73), Adams, Winterburn, Ljungberg (Suker 75), Parlour, Vieira, Overmars, Kanu (Henry 75), Bergkamp. Subs not used: Manninger, Vivas, Silvinho, Luzhny.
Scorers: Arsenal: Bergkamp 44, Overmars 84. Barcelona: Luis Enrique 15, Rivaldo 15 (pen), Figo 56, Cocu 69

Champions League 1st Group Stage
September 29, 1999
Arsenal: Manninger, Dixon, Keown, Adams, Winterburn, Parlour, Vieira, Grimandi (sent off 81), Overmars (Ljungberg 80), Bergkamp (Suker 74), Kanu. Subs not used: Seaman, Henry, Silvinho, Luzhny, Upson.
Scorers: Barcelona: Luis Enrique 16. Arsenal: Kanu 81

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
27 Apr 2006