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Sagna insists Arsenal equal of Barcelona

Bacary Sagna insists Arsenal are the equal of Barcelona, despite this week's Champions League exit.

Sagna thought the dismissal of Robin van Persie made the difference.

"We defended well as a team," the fullback told arsenal.com. "At 11 v 11 it was already difficult but after [the red card] it was impossible.

"There is not a big gap between us. They played at home so they had the ball most of the time but we needed to defend as a team like Inter Milan did last year. Conceding the goal just before half-time was bad for us - we had to come back - we did but that was not enough.

"Still we can learn a lot from them, they kept passing the ball well. We have to think about the way they played and it must be an inspiration for us."

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