Mikael Silvestre is expecting a tough test when Arsenal lock horns with Villarreal in the Champions League this month.

The Gunners are in Spain for Tuesday night's Quarter-Final first leg and welcome the Yellow Submarine to North London for the return leg on April 15.

Silvestre was named in the travelling squad which flew out on Monday afternoon and he hopes to play his part as Arsenal strive to reach their second Champions League Semi-Final in three years. However, the Frenchman knows Villarreal cannot be taken lightly.

"It won't be easy," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"The only team we knew already was Porto, from the group stage, but when you get to the last eight, you know every team is capable of beating any other.

I think it's a good draw for us though, because we can't say that Villarreal are the biggest side we could get. But the talking doesn't matter, we have to show it on the pitch, and just win. No matter how we do it, we need to get through to the semis.

"I know a bit about Villarreal, because they have been in the Champions League for the past few seasons now, and also I'm sure I'll chat with Robert Pires before the game.

They play good attacking football, and have some very technical players in midfield.

"Of course it would be great for me to face Man United in the next round, and face my ex team mates. It would be something special. But as I say, we must get past Villarreal first."

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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6 Apr 2009