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Gallas injury blow marrs fine performance at Villareal

PUBLISHED: 09:04 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 07 September 2010

Arsenal face a fresh injury crisis after their 1-1 draw at Villarreal in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday. William Gallas and Manuel Almunia limped out of the game with leg injuries and are both definitely out of Saturday s Barcl

Arsenal face a fresh injury crisis after their 1-1 draw at Villarreal in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday.

William Gallas and Manuel Almunia limped out of the game with leg injuries and are both definitely out of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Wigan.

Arsene Wenger said: "With Gallas, it looks quite serious and could be medial knee ligament injury.

"We will have to asses it. I am not a doctor, but the first signs don't look too good.

"Manuel is a recurrence of an ankle injury, which probably will be a couple of weeks."

In Spain, a spectacular second half strike from Emmanuel Adebayor cancelled out Marcos Senna's tenth minute opener to give Arsenal a valuable away goal.

Cesc Fabregas set up Adebayor for the third time in two matches and the Togo international acrobatically volleyed home with his back to goal.

"I don't even know how I scored that, but the most important thing was that the ball went into the back of the net," said Adebayor.

"Of course the injuries in the first half didn't help our rhythm but Villarreal played really well, especially Senna, and we came back well in the second-half.

"The second leg is going to be tough, but we will do everything to get through.

"We got a good result to take home ... we are very happy."

Senna admitted Arsenal are in the driving seat - but vowed the Spaniards are still in the tie.

"They are the favourites now because they have the away goal and home advantage for the next game," he said.

"However, we won't be throwing in the towel and believe we can win at Arsenal."

Wenger fancies Arsenal to go through to face the winners of the Porto v Manchester United tie in the second leg next Wednesday.

The Arsenal manager added: "We know Villarreal are a good team as well, so we will be on our toes and focused at Emirates.

"We have a little chance to recover some players who are out as well. But before that we have a big game at Wigan and we need not to lose other players."

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