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...  

Arsenal in Spain - At a glance P W D L F A 8 2 1 5 7 11 Arsenal in Spain - A complete record Date Competition Round H/A/N Opposition W/D/L F A 21-02-2006 European Cup Last 16 1L A Real Madrid W 1 0 24-02-2004 European Cup Last 16 1L A Celta Vigo W 3 2 19-03-2003 European Cup 2nd Stage A Valencia L 1 2 21-11-2001 European Cup 2nd Stage A Deportivo La Coruña L 0 2 11-09-2001 European Cup 1st Stage A Real Mallorca L 0 1 17-04-2001 European Cup Quarter-Final 2L A Valencia L 0 1 09-03-2000 UEFA Cup Round 4 2L A Deportivo La Coruña L 1 2 29-09-1999 European Cup 1st Stage A Barcelona D 1 1

20/1 - Villarreal v Arsenal - Henry to score first and Arsenal to win 1-0


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