Walcott hails 'special' Adebayor

Theo Walcott hopes Emmanuel Adebayor’s brilliant goal at El Madrigal can help inspire Arsenal to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Togo forward Adebayor netted a superb overhead kick in the second half to earn the Gunners a 1-1 draw against Villarreal, who had taken an early lead through a fine 25-yard drive from captain Marcos Senna.

However, the performance was overshadowed by the loss of centre-half William Gallas, most likely for the rest of the season, with a knee injury, while goalkeeper Manuel Almunia also had to be substituted after aggravating an ankle problem and is set for around two weeks on the sidelines.

Walcott feels while the “job is not yet done”, Arsenal can take heart from a fighting display which was capped by a moment of genius from Adebayor.

“It was probably one of the best goals I have seen in the Champions League, a special goal from a special player,” Walcott said.

“Hopefully that can spur us on into the next round.

“It was a great show of character from all the young players. We played some brilliant football as well.

“However, the job is not yet done. They are a very dangerous team on the break, they pass the ball very well and Senna has got a brilliant shot on him, so we have got to track him down and not let him have those situations again.”

Adebayor admits even he was taken by surprise at how well his 66th-minute strike was executed, collecting a chip from Cesc Fabregas on his chest before volleying the ball back over his shoulder and into the far corner.

“We all know how much quality Cesc has and when I saw him about to look for me with the pass I had another idea in mind,” Adebayor said on www.uefa.com.

“But the way I controlled it I was only left with the option of the overhead kick.

“As a striker you are used to making that kind of split-second decision.

“I made the correct choice this time. However, scoring good goals is fine, but the most important thing is that you have to win games.”

Adebayor added: “I am not saying we are through already, but I do think that if we play our own game to our normal standard then we have a very good opportunity.”

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