Sol Campbell could hardly have chosen a bigger game for his comeback.
The England defender has had an unlucky 2006. His only game since February 1 ended with him looking like he had done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson rather than 90 minutes at Portsmouth. But it was Arsenal who gave Villarreal a bloody nose on Wednesday night at El Madrigal.
They performed a rearguard action for much of the game. The Spanish side trailed 0-0 from the first leg and attacked with more purpose this time.
"Obviously it was a difficult game to come in," said Campbell afterwards. "We were told they were a totally different team home and away. We were under pressure but we played some good stuff and rode our luck. We are there and that is the main thing.
"It is fantastic for the Club. I have worked hard over the years and the gaffer has put a lot in too. It is brilliant for everyone connected with the Arsenal. It is a great achievement reaching a Champions League Final - we all know how hard it is to get there."
Campbell's return came about because of a knee injury to Philippe Senderos. The Swiss international's season appears to be over so it seems the former Tottenham defender will play in the last four games of the campaign.
"The more games I get under my belt the better," he said. "To come into a game such as that and get a result is fantastic.
"My chance came fortuitously and you have take these opportunities. If it had been a League game then it was a League game, it just so happened that it was a Champions League Semi-Final."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Apr 2006