Arsenal arrive in Spain for Champions League first leg with Villarreal

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LONDON COLNEY: Arsenal will be without striker Robin van Persie for Tuesday's (April 7) Champions League quarter-final first leg trip to Villarreal as he has suffered a groin injury.

Fellow striker Eduardo da Silva is also out, with a groin strain, but Samir Nasri, who had flu, and Theo Walcott (knee) were both passed fit for the

game and Walcott was seen training on Monday (April 6) before the team flew out to Spain.

Wenger is starting to get most of his injured players back again now and Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor both made long-awaited returns on Saturday when the Spain midfielder set up both goals for the Togo striker.

Both should start in Spain, although midfielder Andrei Arshavin is ineligible having played for Zenit St Petersburg earlier in the competition.

Wenger said that his side had to be particularly on their guard against former Gunners Pascal Cygan and Robert Pires.

Pires, midfielder with Villarreal, trained in Villarreal's stadium on Monday. Pires spent six years at Arsenal and played in the semi-final victory

over Villarreal in 2006.

The mid-fielder acknowledged the young Arsenal squad's achievements but said Villarreal could meet their attack.

"They are arriving here with seventeen matches without losing but I think Villarreal is not afraid of that," he said.

Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini said: "On the other hand we have the obligation to take the initiative at home while still being very careful. Therefore at least from the Villarreal's point of view, I don't know about Arsenal, we are going to step on the pitch looking for victory from the first minute." -AGENCIES






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