Arsene Wenger was pleased with Arsenal’s performance against Barcelona but was disappointed they did not take their chances.
Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Barca extended their advantage through Neymar’s first-half strike before Mohamed Elneny pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Luis Suarez’s acrobatic volley and Lionel Messi’s deft finish sent Barca through to their ninth consecutive Champions League quarter-final, but Wenger, who was pleased with his side’s overall performance, insists Arsenal had Luis Enrique’s side worried at 1-1.
“I felt from the bench they were wobbling a bit and a bit insecure,” Wenger said. “We could not take our chances to score the second goal that would have put us in a strong position.
“When they scored to make it 2-1 you could see we lost a bit of our edge and belief, but there were moments at 1-1 where you could see that we had our chances.
“I’m pleased with the performance we put in. The quality of our game was good. I’m disappointed with the result but overall we played against a team with the best strikers I’ve seen.
“The three together are absolutely exceptional and from nothing they can create a chance. Well done Barca. They are an exceptional side.”