Rossi: I will silence Emirates

Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi says any Arsenal fans keen on intimidating him during Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Villarreal should think again. The diminutive 22-year-old insists booing him will only motivate him to score more, while nothing the Gunners' fans could aim at him could compare to the hostility he faced in Athens in the previous round against Greek giants Panathinaikos. Rossi, who left Manchester United 18 months ago for £6 million, scored in that tie to help Villarreal reach the last eight against Arsene Wenger's outfit, and also shone during the side's first-leg meeting at El Madrigal a week ago. And the striker, who has scored 23 goals in 50 league games for Villarreal, knows that eliminating the Gunners could potentially set up a semi-final meeting with his former side United. “I know all about playing Arsenal from my time at United and I’m sure their fans will be booing me because of that," he said. “But that’s no problem to me because when I get stick, I go even harder to get a goal. “In any case the atmosphere won’t be a major influence. Fans in London are nothing like those in Athens and I’m looking forward to celebrating a goal there.” Rossi is keen to highlight that Villarreal beat Panathinaikos 2-1 in the second-leg in Greece having drawn 1-1 at home in the initial tie, and is confident his team can repeat the feat in London. “We always seem to score on our travels and if we get the first goal I am convinced we will go through," he said. “We know Cesc Fabregas is the Arsenal star but Emmanuel Adebayor is dangerous always and showed in the first match how he can affect a match with just one movement. He is an excellent striker and we must stop him. “We have injuries to Santi Cazorla and Marcos Senna. They are important players but now is the real moment for the rest of us to demonstrate that we have a squad able to save even the worst situations. “Other clubs in the Premier League have won in the Emirates Stadium and so can we.”

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