Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in their friendly at the Guanambar Cup. Before the game, Lionel Messi sent a message to the Blaugrana fans.
Arsenal started the scoring by Pierre Emeric Obamyang in the 37th minute, while Barcelona's Ainsley Maitland Nils equalized in the penalty area before Luis Suarez scored the winner in the last minute.
📌 minute 70: # Barcelona realizes draw. Maitland Niles score 1-0
👋 Imogi to describe this goal ... https://t.co/eBPl2EXUYM- FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona_ara) August 4, 2019
Before the match, Messi sent a message to the fans of Barcelona, in which he expressed his regret for the promise to the fans last year to crown the Champions League, stressing that he trusts the players and coach to achieve everything this season.
#Messi, palabra de capitán 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/v7D0cWLFfg- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 4, 2019
This is the 54th edition of the Joan Gamper Cup, a friendly one-team tournament hosted by FC Barcelona in August each year, also named in honor of Juan Gamper, a founding member of FC Barcelona, and his former boss and player.
This is the first time that Barcelona have hosted Arsenal in the tournament, the first English team since 2009, when Manchester City took part.
Barcelona begin the campaign to defend the Spanish league title against Athletic Bilbao on the 16th of this month, while Arsenal starts season in the Premier League against Newcastle United next Sunday.