Arsenal – Villarreal: Our best chance since 2006

Arsenal – Villarreal. Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg (1-1). Ashburton Grove. 19:45pm

We play Villarreal tonight in what is arguably the most important trophy this season. After the poor start to the season we have created something out of the ashes – we still may end up with nothing, but a win over Villarreal tonight will put us through to a semi final against Man Utd or Porto.

Wenger has been talking about the mental strength of the side all year and tonight we have to prove it. In defence we are missing Clichy, Gallas, Djourou and Almunia, we looked weak in the first half against Wigan – but we will be up for the game tonight no doubt. Villarreal have also lost players to injury – Senna and Santi Cazorla, and wingers Cani and Mati Fernandez are possibly out too.

This team likes the big occasions the most and tonight Villarreal have to score – so the game will be open – another positive for Arsenal.

Wenger’s Pre-match interview|Comment

Adebayor commented:

“We did everything last season to achieve things and for me it is a little bit of luck in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Liverpool last season that knocked us out,”

“This season we have the chance to do it and just have to take our chances.

“If you want to be a big club, of course you have to win things, which is normal.”

This is a knock-out competition so we have to take our chances, we have the advantage, but it will be hard work. I’m going to be very disappointed if we don’t make it through. We aren’t the strongest contentders for the CL this year, but we do have an outside chance.

We are currently unbeaten in 23 CL matches at home and have kept clean sheets in our last 4 CL home games, but of course form means nothing tonight.

I’m leaving for the Grove in a few hours, if you’re going tonight then get behind the team!

Villarreal First Leg Report & Highlights

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7 thoughts on “Arsenal – Villarreal: Our best chance since 2006

  1. Gooner for Life

    COME ON YOU MIGHTY REDS!!!!!

    Tonight is our best chance since 2006, hopefully Porto will knock out Man Utd, as i feel they will be over their little slump. If we play Porto in the next round, we would have a fantastic opportunity to win this tournament. We have the quality, we’re playing at home and we are the in form team.

    GO ON THE ARSENAL!!!!!!!!

  2. LB

    So, apart from Barca, who’s a better contender than us for the CL? We’ve beaten both Chelsea and Man U in the last two years. In fact, in the 4 league games against Man U, we’ve won three, I think. Apart from Barca, everyone else is the same.

  3. I wouldn’t put Barca that much higher either, they have a rubbish defence. Even our defence even at it is, has a quality higher than the Catalan team. Don’t be surprised if Hiddink’s boys beat them in the semi’s. As long as our defence is firm and our attack at it’s creative best, Villlarreal will sink faster than I can finish this sentence…

  4. Well our defence isn’t the steadiest at times – I just think overall we don’t have the experience that some of the other teams have – but we have an outside chance.

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