Anyone who watched this game from 21 years ago will remember it like it was yesterday. Arsenal and Man United were the totally dominant forces in England at the time. Arsene Wenger’s side had done the memorable double the year before 97/98, but Fergie was looking for revenge.
United were clear in the League and only Arsenal stood before them to try and stop them reaching the Final of the FA Cup, and it went to a replay at Villa Park after an initial 0-0 draw, but the relay was an absolute cracker and even then went to extra time after Dennis Bergkamp amazingly missed a penalty that would have been the match winner.
There was no love lost between the teams either and it was a very feisty match, with Roy Keane and Tony Adams as captains. The Gunners hadn’t even conceded a goal in 7 games, but United were always the ultimate test…
I won’t describe the game as there was just too much action to put in one post, so just sit back and enjoy the highlights…..
These were the teams that day 21 years and one day ago…..
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Adams, Ljungberg, Anelka, Bergkamp, Keown, Parlour, Petit. Subs: Bould, Vivas, Overmars, Lukic, Kanu.
Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, P. Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Keane, Blomqvist, Solskjaer, Sheringham. Subs: Van Der Gouw, Yorke, Irwin, Scholes, Giggs.
Best game ever? Are you off your friggin’ rocker?? I can’t believe a Gooner wold say this. It was one of the worst games ever. I watched it in a Brisbane casino. I was on my own, wearing my ’70s Arsenal shirt, with two muppet Man U “fans” sitting at a table behind me. They tried to wind me up the whole match. They were such typical Man U fans, that they had a discussion just before half-time, about whether a half was 40 minutes, or 45 minutes. After the match, I left the casino to find my car was about to be towed, as I’d parked it in a clearway. I was travelling around Aussie, at the time, so ignored the $100+ ticket. About a year later, I was pulled over at a police checkpoint in Townsville and spent a night in the cells, for failing to pay the ticket (which, by that stage, was up to about $400). So, yeah… shittest game ever and anyone who thinks different is a *?&%*.