Villarreal want Highbury goal
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rodolfo Arruabarrena has told <em>skysports.com</em> that Villarreal aim to score in the first leg.
Villarreal defender Rodolfo Arruabarrena has told skysports.com that the Spaniards aim to score at Highbury in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg.
The Yellow Submarines are the surprise name in the semi-finals and tackle Arsenal for a place in the European showpiece.
Rangers and Internazionale have already been vanquished in the knockout phase and Arruabarrena believes the key to further progress is scoring in the away leg.
"Our objective is a goal at Highbury," Arruabarrena told skysports.com.
"In Milan, the goal of [Diego] Forlan was key and now we need that in the first match to be able to play without total pressure in El Madrigal."
The full back also suggests the two clashes between Villarreal and Arsenal will be close-run affairs due to the strength of the respective defences.
He added: "For me, Arsenal is more dangerous than Juventus. I believe that the English are in a better moment than the Italians. It will be a spectacular semi-final.
"The key is in the nerves. The team that does not have nerves in the 180 minutes will be the finalists.
"I bet it will be a semi-final with few goals because the best lines in both clubs are the defences.
"Arsenal will miss Reyes for London, but we are not strong in defence (due to injuries). In this aspect, the situation is worse for us.
"The Gunners are not only Henry. I watched the matches against Real Madrid and Juve and the success is its block and not several individuals."
Arruabarrena scored crucial goals at home against Rangers and Inter, but concedes it is rare for him to have an impact in attack.
The Argentinian continued: "I am not a hero, but a worker in football.
"My mission on the field is not to score, but I have experienced the big joy of two important goals in the Champions League.
"In football, those are rare occasions.
"For an Argentinian to play against an English rival is always special.
"In my team there are South Americans and, due to this circumstance, all of America is with us."