Inside view of the first leg between Arsenal and FC Barcelona in London

Luis Enrique looking pleased as he heads home after a great result in London / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
A behind the scenes look at Barça’s trip to the English capital for the Champions League last sixteen first leg against Arsenal

There’s just a week to go before FC Barcelona welcome Arsenal to the Camp Nou for the Champions League last sixteen second leg. Following the 2-0 win in London, with a terrific performance from Leo Messi, the Catalans are nicely poised for a place in the quarter finals.

The Barça Fans video cameras were in the UK capital to capture that great day out on February 23, recording not just events before and after the game, but also the players on the flight north, the moment they met Thierry Henry and some other great highlights from the trip. Here’s the result of all that good work!

Suárez versus Piqué: who will come out on top?

Suárez i Piqué Skills
Witness the spectacular duel between the striker and centre-back in the battle to see who can curl the ball more

Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué went head to head from well behind the goal to see who could curl the ball around the post and into the net. Each player was given five shots, and all were taken from quite a distance. Luckily, the cameras were rolling as the two stars battled it out on the training pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Find out who won!

Jaw-dropping Training Skills

Bartra becomes tenth current player to make 100th FC Barcelona appearance

The ten first team members that have played 100 games or more for Barça / FCB
Andrés Iniesta, with 580 games, leads the way for all-time appearances, with Leo Messi second with 517

6 out of 10 from La Masia

Of the ten players that have completed a century of appearances for Barça, six (Andrés Iniesta, Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba and Marc Bartra) are products of the club’s own academy.

With ten minutes left of the game at Eibar on Sunday, Luis Enrique made three substitutions at once, and one of the players that came on was Marc Bartra, who thus made his 100th official appearance for FC Barcelona. That makes him the tenth player in the squad to make it into triple figures, a list that is currently topped by captain Andrés Iniesta.

It all goes to show what marvellous continuity there is this team. At this level and in the modern football world, it’s a rare thing for a club to have so many players that have worn the same shirt for so long.

A growing group

Andrés Iniesta is the player with the most appearances behind him, 580, the third highest figure ever for an FCB player. Only Xavi Hernández (767) and Carles Puyol (593) ever played more games, and Iniesta has already surpassed Migueli (549) and Valdés (535).

The next current player is Leo Messi, with 517 games, followed by the foreign signing with the most appearances for Barça (if we don’t count Messi, who grew up at La Masia), That’s Brazilian Dani Alves, with 379. Next up are Sergio Busquets (371) and Gerard Piqué (344), who were both promoted to the first team in the 2008/09 season.

Next comes Javier Mascherano, who arrived from Liverpool in 2010/11 and has racked up 269 games, Adriano with 188, Jordi Alba with 145 and Neymar with 127.

And finally we have Marc Bartra, who made his official debut on 14 February 2010 at the Vicente Calderón. And it shouldn’t be long before two more players complete their first ton of appearances. Ivan Rakitic is currently on 95 appearances and Sergi Roberto is on 94.

Sergi Roberto answers his friends' questions

Sergi Roberto features in a very special kind of interview / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
Enjoy a great interview in which it is the FC Barcelona star’s childhood friends, including Marc Bartra and Jordi Masip, who get to choose the questions

Sergi Roberto features in an interview with a difference. We got current team mates Marc Bartra and Jordi Masip, and other players that he grew up with at La Masia, such as Sergi Gómez, Marc Muniesa and Joan Román, to ask the midfielder whatever questions they wanted.

You can see the result in this video, and learn, for example, what happened when he and his pals played a prank on Adrià Carmona by changing the setting of his alarm clock, about his dislike for cooking (although he reckons he can knock up a mean salad when called upon) and he and Masip’s shared passion for NBA basketball (both the real thing and on the PlayStation).

Five great academy goals

Dani Romera celebrates his goal / VICTOR SALGADO-FCB
Guillem Jaime, Dani Romera, Carles Aleñá, Toni Caravaca and Joel Escaler are the scorers of this week’s selection

As it does every week, Barça TV’s Promeses show has picked its top five goals scored by the Barça academy teams.

Fifth place goes to Joel Escaler of the U10 D team in a game against Sant Just. We then have a long-range finish by Toni Caravaca of the U12 first team against Manresa and Carles Aleñá’s opening goal of a 2-0 win for the U19 side against Tarragona.

Second spot goes to Dani Romera, who scored for Barça B against division leaders Villarreal B while this week’s winner is U19 B team player Guillem Jaime, who scored in the 2-1 defeat of CE Sabadell.