[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]
Only fourth in the English Premier League, Arsenal nonetheless may be the hottest of the four EPL clubs in the UEFA Champions
League quarterfinals. The Gunners are favored to beat Villarreal Wednesday (TV: ESPN Deportes & Setanta Sports USA, live, 2:30 pm ET) and advance to the semifinals.
The Gunners, who
earned a 1-1 draw in Spain last week, have won five EPL games in a row and have reached the semifinals of the FA Cup against Chelsea on Saturday at Wembley.
With Cesc Fabregas
back in action and Robin van Persie
and Emmanuel Adebayor
form, Arsenal has the talent to go far.
Of concern, though, are injuries to goalie Manuel Almunia
and French defenders William Gallas
and Gael Clichy
. Probable teams: Arsenal --
21-Fabianski; 3-Sagna, 5-Toure, 20-Djourou, 18-Silvestre; 15-Denilson, 17-Song, 4-Fabregas, 14-Walcott; 8-Nasri; 25-Adebayor. Villarreal --
13-D.Lopez; 18-A.Lopez, 4-Godin, 2-Rodriguez, 5-Capdevila; 10-Cani, 21-Soriano, 6-Eguren, 11-Ibagaza; 16-Llorente, 22-Rossi.