Arsenal Fired Up After Great Result at Villarreal
After the great result at Villarreal, Arsenal are sure to be fired up for the challenge ahead. A second half recovery following a dismal first, saw Adebayor clinch the vital away goal for the gunners.
Having gone one down after ten minutes from a superb 25-yard strike from Senna, Arsenal were stunned. Losing Almunia and Gallas to injuries topped off a half where the only real positive was that Arsenal didn't concede again.
The second half was a different affair. Arsenal upped the tempo with attack after attack, permeated only by Villarreal's lacklustre moments of possession.
Once again, just as on Saturday, the goal was the combined work of Fabregas and Adebayor. Fabregas made a stunning pass to Adebayor on the edge of the penalty area.
Adebayor chested the ball and in one fluid movement, spun and kicked the ball over his head into the back of the net. Lopez, Villarreal's keeper didn't have a chance.
That was pretty much it. Both sides enjoyed periods of decent possession, but there was no more to show for it.
All bodes well for the return leg next week. With the home advantage, the away goal, and the possibility of more returning players, the battle looks more than half won.
So onto Saturday. Arsenal travel to Wigan for a three o'Ccock kickoff. That means it won't be on satellite, so I will have to find a stream somewhere.
I am hoping the pitch is better than last year. It looked like a tractor had freshly ploughed a strip from one end to the other.
Arshavin will be playing, as might van Persie, who picked up a groin strain whilst on international duty. Walcott played for 78 minutes, and Cesc and Adebayor played a full match, so they're available.
Wigan however, are looking to bounce back from their four to nothing spanking at the hands of Everton last week. Having won both of their previous games, The Latics are no slouch and with only Amir Zaki injured, Steve Bruce has plenty to choose from.
We will have to wait to see who, if anyone, Arsene will rest on Saturday. The second leg of the Villarreal tie is only just round the corner, and the FA Cup semi-final a short jaunt after.
This is a punishing schedule, which will hopefully be tempered by the super-high fitness levels of the players. Mentally, the super-high confidence levels can't hurt either.
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