Arsenal face Villarreal in the Champions League Semi Final
second-leg on Wednesday night, in what will be their ninth
trip to Spain.
The Gunners have won just two of their previous eight encounters on Spanish soil. Interestingly, it was their last two games, against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in February this year and against Celta Vigo in last 16 of the Champions League in 2004.
Tonight then, Arsène Wenger's troops will look to complete the hat-trick and progress through to the Champions League Final for what would be the first time in their history.
The win over Celta Vigo was inspired by two goals from Brazilian midfielder Edu, including a breath-taking solo effort from the edge of the penalty area. It was perhaps, the best goal and best performance by Arsenal against a Spanish side in Spain. That was of course until earlier this year.
On February 21, 2006, Wenger sent his young team out at the
Bernabeu, to face the most successful club side in European
competition. A team boasting such modern-day footballing luminaries
as Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Ronaldo.
Yet despite a commentator insisting at the start of the match; 'never have Arsenal been so universally unfancied', the Gunners produced a scintillating display of counter-attacking football and dogged defending to become the first Britich side to beat Real in Spain.
Thierry Henry scored a goal that was quite simply,'out of this world' - and against a team of 'Galacticos'.
Something similar tonight, and Paris awaits...
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