Arsenal fans turn their eyes to the Ceramica stadium, the stronghold of Villarreal, on Thursday, in preparation for facing the yellow submarines in the first leg of the European League semi-finals.
Villarreal carries more than any other team in Europe, good news for coach Michael Arteta’s squad, due to two historic confrontations between the two teams in 2006 and 2009.
The only final that Arsenal fought in the Champions League was after qualifying at the expense of the yellow uniforms in the semi-finals 15 years ago, in the 2005-2006 edition of the Ears Cup.
Villarreal: Rulli, Pedraza, Pau, Albiol, Foyth, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros, Alcacer, Chukwueze, Moreno
Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka, Partey, Ceballos, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Pepe
After that, the best achievement in the Champions League for Janners was to qualify for the semi-finals in the 2008-2009 season, a feat that also came after overcoming Villarreal in the quarter-finals.
The two teams met in 4 matches in the Champions League. The Janners won twice and tied twice. Arsenal scored 5 goals and Villarreal scored one goal.
Anniversary of the 15th year
On April 19, 2006, Ivorian Habib Kolo Toure scored a goal 4 minutes before the end of the first half, leading the Janners to go out with a 1-0 victory over the yellow submarine at Highbury Stadium in the first leg of the European semi-final.
Six days later, Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann starred at the time in Al Zoud, leading his team to go out with a goalless draw and qualify for the Champions League final for the only time in Arsenal’s history.
How to watch
Thursday (4/29) at 3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT on Paramount+.
Arsenal – 1
Villarreal – 1
An important away goal and still well in the tie heading back into London. Hopefully, Arsenal is healthier and can see off Emery in his return to the Emirates.