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Pires coming to punish for Paris disappointment

By Randy Osae

https://i2.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3650/3370727474_7f904d1766_m.jpg?resize=240%2C145Spanish contenders Villareal will be Arsenal’s opponents in the Champions League’s quarter-finals.

The Gunners face an unfamiliar prospect of playing the first leg away from home. Incidentally, the last time they were involved in such scenario was the ousting by PSV in 2006/07’s competition.

Arsenal’s progression will create the possibility of an all-English semi-final meeting with Manchester United. The Gunners will face the winner of either the reigning champions or FC Porto should they make it through.

https://i0.wp.com/soccernet-assets.espn.go.com/design05/DJ/20080301/pires_afp.jpg?resize=161%2C111But Wenger’s men will have to handle the ‘yellow submarines’ of Villareal first. That means a return home for former Arsenal darling Robert Pires who is raring to make an emotional reunion.

“Of course it will be a special match. Returning there makes me very happy and today, as a Villarreal player, I want to win to continue in the competition with my team.” Pires said.

“I know it will be difficult, but given what I know of the two teams, I sincerely believe that we can progress to the next round.

“I think we have a team that can reach the final and we are on the road to that. To reach our goal we have to defeat the best and we are going to try to do that.”

The French winger’s last contributions for Arsenal was helping scrape past current club Villalreal en route to 2006’s final. Arsenal edged out in that tie courtesy of a famous late penalty save from Lehmann which kept the advantage of Toure’s lone goal in the first-leg. That was the only time this fixture occurred in history.

Arsenal’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis was also confident after the draw: “Every team at this point in the competition is difficult, it’s going to be a real challenge but we believe in the quality of our team,” he said.

The first legs will be played on 7/8 April with the second legs on 14/15 April.

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6 Comments Already

  1. I plenty trust that we will defeat the yellow sub

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  2. I am with you.

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  3. i’d say we have a pretty good chance against Villareal, i would love to see Arsenal Barcelona final again!

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  4. I love this draw!!! we are going through..no jinxing about it.
    Bye bye Chelski…
    I am pretty sure we will meet Liverpool in the next round

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  5. Carlos:

    We cannot get Liverpool next round.

    If we win we will face Man U or Porto – which is a good draw comparatively to the other side.

    I think Barca will get through on the other side but dont discount Liverpool and Chelsea or Bayern. One sporting commentator pointed out the importance of Ribery to Munich. They said that Barca is the least likely team to put a man marker on Ribery which means Bayern will be able to play their attacking game (minus Klose however)

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  6. i hope we beat them and i wish it was arsenal vs barcelona again but this tyme we win gunners!!!!!!

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