Monday, February 24, 2014
24 February 2004 - Much Edu About Something
The meeting came in the Round of 16, with Celta hosting the first leg. Although Arsenal were in the midst of an unbeaten league season, they had never won a game in Spain under manager Arsène Wenger. They took an early lead, however, when their Brazilian midfielder Edu scored in the 18th minute.
The lead lasted only nine minutes, though, as Celta's own Brazilian Edu brought the hosts level. Then, in the 58th minute, Arsenal's Edu struck again to restore the lead, followed by another quick equalizer, this time by Celta Vigo midfielder José Ignacio in the 64th minute. The visitors finally captured the lead for good with an 80th-minute strike from Robert Pirès.
Neither Edu scored in the second leg, which the Gunners won 2-0 to advance 2-5 on aggregate. They went on to lose to Chelsea in the quarterfinals, but consoled themselves by winning the league.