Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has digested Arsenal's protests against Robin van Persie's red card with a gulp of irony as he snaps back at the English side.
The Camp Nou giants won the game 3-1 on Tuesday night to go through 4-3 on aggregate, but Gunners duo Arsene Wenger and Van Persie claimed the referee had "killed the game", while suggesting the Spanish side won because referee Massimo Busacca gave the Dutch striker his marching orders for kicking the ball away after a whistle had blown for offside.
The Catalan side then scored twice with Arsenal down to 10 men, however, Mascherano rejected claims his team went through because of the influence of the referee, and sarcastically hit back at their protests.
"Barcelona always win because of the referee, they never win because of their play, or for having 19 shots on goal, or for having 74 per cent of possession or for having 900 touches of the ball," he told Sport.es.
"It would have been unjust if Arsenal had gone through without even shooting on goal, and Wenger knows it. We never let Arsenal breathe, and this was the key. Barcelona always keep their identity and they play like Barca. The result could have been 5-1."