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Villa claims Barca should have won against Arsenal

David Villa, whilst praising the performance of Arsenal, was in no doubt Barcelona deserved to win the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at the Emirates on Wednesday night. The Catalans dominated for long spells at the Emirates but Villa's opener was cancelled out by second-half strikes from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin.

Villa said: "They (Arsenal) are a very good team. They've caught us on two counter-attacks and caused us a lot of damage. We were better but they hurt us on the counter.

"We didn't deserve this result. The scoreline, when we were 1-0 up, should have been bigger looking at the chances we had. But Arsenal are a great team and took advantage of their opportunity.

"(But) we have a team to get through. We will be ready for the day."

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