I’m really not. I’m a fan of both Arsenal and Barcelona and I really did not expect Arsenal to win and go through.
That being said, however, the second yellow card to Robin Van Persie was arguably one of the most thoroughly indefensible yellow cards I have ever seen. Barely a second elapsed between when the whistle blew and when Van Persie kicked the ball. A dreadful, dreadful decision. It was a discretionary card; a judgment call. I hope those who review these things with UEFA think twice before retaining Massimo Busacca again for such an important game. He also blew a penalty call for Barça in the first half.
While it may have impacted the game it was not why Arsenal lost. They lost because they did not put a single shot on target. Koscielny tripping Pedro in the penalty area and Fabregas apparently thinking he was playing for Barcelona – or at least the Spanish team and backheeling the ball to Iniesta didn’t help.
Barcelona rolls on.