To celebrate Arsene Wenger’s 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager, we thought we’d draw up a list of 20 of his most memorable matches. Suffice to say this one involved a lot of debating in the Ladbrokes News office, but we’ve finally agreed on the following…
12 October 1996 – Blackburn 0-2 Arsenal
Wenger’s first game in English football came at Ewood Park, where an Ian Wright brace ensured the Frenchman got off to a flier.
14 March 1998 – Man United 0-1 Arsenal
Many had written off the Gunners even at this relatively early point in the season, but a Marc Overmars goal closed the gap at the top to just six points and proved to be a pivotal moment in the title race.
3 May 1998 – Arsenal 4-0 Everton
Who can forget that goal from Tony Adams to seal Wenger’s first Premier League title?
23 October 1999 – Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal
Nwankwo Kanu scored arguably one of the greatest hat-tricks in Premier League history to put Arsenal level with Leeds United at the top of the table.
4 May 2002 – Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea
“It’s only Ray Parlour”, said Tim Lovejoy in the FA Cup final, and boy did he eat those words.
8 May 2002 – Man United 0-1 Arsenal
In probably Wenger’s finest week at the club, the Gunners wrapped up the domestic double thanks to a second-half Sylvain Wiltord goal.
21 September 2003 – Man United 0-0 Arsenal
Who knows what might have happened in the 2003-04 campaign had Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his injury-time penalty. Instead his effort rattled the crossbar and the rest is history.
25 April 2004 – Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal
In case you were wondering where the “we won the league at White Hart Lane” chant came from, it was this game.
15 May 2004 – Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City
This win ensured Wenger’s men became the first side to go a whole Premier League season without losing a single match.
13 November 2004 – Tottenham Hotspur 4-5 Arsenal
The Gunners continued their fine run of form against their most bitter rivals with an exciting game in front of a packed out White Hart Lane.
21 May 2005 – Arsenal 0-0 Man United (Arsenal win penalty shootout)
Wenger won his third FA Cup thanks to a Patrick Vieira winning penalty, but it would be the last trophy he’d win for nine years.
21 February 2006 – Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal
A Thierry Henry goal meant the Gunners left the Bernabeu with a one-goal advantage over Real Madrid, in a season where they’d go on to reach the final.
7 May 2006 – Arsenal 4-2 Wigan Athletic
An Henry hat-trick ensured the Gunners went out with a bang in their last game at Highbury.
23 September 2006 – Arsenal 3-0 Sheffield United
Another one that will go down in the history books: Arsenal’s first Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium.
16 February 2011 – Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona
Perhaps the most memorable night to date in the Emirates Stadium, late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin secured an incredible comeback for Wenger’s side.
9 January 2012 – Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United
The return of the king. Need we say any more?
30 October 2012 – Reading 5-7 Arsenal
The Gunners were 4-0 down after 36 minutes at the Madjeski Stadium in the League Cup, yet somehow they managed to take the game to extra-time, where a further four goals were scored, three in favour of Arsenal.
17 May 2014 – Arsenal 3-2 Hull City (a.e.t.)
It looked as though it would be ten years without a trophy after Hull took a surprising 2-0 lead within eight minutes. But goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny ensured the game would go to extra-time, where Aaron Ramsey put the game to bed.
30 May 2015 – Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
Arsenal’s demolition job over Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa was the biggest winning margin in an FA Cup final for 22 years.
15 May 2016 – Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
This result, coupled with Tottenham’s defeat away at Newcastle United, meant that, as always under Wenger, the Gunners finished above their rivals once again.
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