Arsenal face Villarreal in Spain on Tuesday evening in what will be their 20th encounter with Spanish opposition.

The Champions League Semi-Final second leg against the Yellow Submarines will be the Gunners' fourth La Liga duel of the current campaign following the 1-0 aggregate success over Real Madrid in the first knockout round of the competition.

But Arsenal's overall record is far from faultless. Of the 19 games against Spanish teams to date, the Gunners have won just seven, drawing four and losing eight.

The first two encounters were both European Cup Winners' Cup Finals, albeit 15 years apart, and both ended in defeat.

In 1980, Terry Neill's outfit lost 1-0 to Valencia before Nayim's freak goal for Real Zaragoza in 1995 denied Arsenal the chance to retain the trophy they'd won against Italian side Parma 12 months earlier.

The 1999/2000 season saw Arsenal reside at Wembley for the second successive season for their 'home' Champions League games. Having secured a creditable 1-1 draw with Catalan giants Barcelona courtesy of Kanu's second-half strike at the Nou Camp, Arsène Wenger's side lost 4-2 back in London despite the best efforts of Dutch duo Marc Overmars and Dennis Bergkamp.

Arsenal failed to emerge from their Group in the Champions League that season and, having finished third behind Fiorentina and Barcelona, were entered into the Uefa Cup.

In the Fourth Round, Arsenal were paired with Deportivo La Coruna who, at the time, boasted the mercurial talents of Djalminha. Nonetheless they romped to a memorable 5-1 win, with Kanu's outrageous dummy on goalkeeper Jacques Songo'o for Arsenal's fourth, the outstanding highlight.

The 2003/04 season yielded two wins over Celta Vigo in the first knockout round of the Champions League. Edu's stunning solo strike in Spain lit up that particular tie as Arsenal eased into the next round.

But arguably the Gunners' best-ever result, and best-ever goal against any Spanish side came earlier this year and against the most successful club in European Cup history - Real Madrid.

With three quarters of his first-choice defence sidelined, Wenger took his patched-up team to Madrid. A breathtaking solo strike by Thierry Henry and resolute defending secured not only a 1-0 win but also the distinction of being the first British team to win at the Bernabeu.

With Villarreal already having avoided defeat against Everton, Manchester United and Rangers so far this season, Wenger will hope his players can produce another 'first' against their surprise last-four foes.

Arsenal v Spain - At a glance P W D L F A 19 7 4 8 23 22 Arsenal v Spain - A complete record Date Competition Round H/A/N Opposition W/D/L F A 19-04-2006 European Cup Semi-Final 1L H Villarreal W 1 0 08-03-2006 European Cup Last 16 2L H Real Madrid D 0 0 21-02-2006 European Cup Last 16 1L A Real Madrid W 1 0 10-03-2004 European Cup Last 16 2L H Celta Vigo W 2 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 10-12-2002 European Cup 2nd Stage H Valencia D 0 0 12-03-2002 European Cup 2nd Stage H Deportivo La Coruña L 0 2 21-11-2001 European Cup 2nd Stage A Deportivo La Coruña L 0 2 24-10-2001 European Cup 1st Stage H Real Mallorca W 3 1 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 04-04-2001 European Cup Quarter-Final 1L H Valencia W 2 1 09-03-2000 UEFA Cup Round 4 2L A Deportivo La Coruña L 1 2 02-03-2000 UEFA Cup Round 4 1L H Deportivo La Coruña W 5 1 19-10-1999 European Cup 1st Stage H Barcelona L 2 4 29-09-1999 European Cup 1st Stage A Barcelona D 1 1 10-05-1995 Cup Winners Cup Final N Real Zaragoza L 1 2 14-05-1980 Cup Winners Cup Final N Valencia D 0 0

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


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