Thursday, 15 September 2011


Blackburn Rovers 1 Arsenal 4

April 13th 1998 was a memorable game against Blackburn at Ewood park; a game in which Arsenal tightened their grip on the title. A game of three seasons (of Weather)

It was a game that started in Sunshine then it rained and finally it snowed. A game in which Arsenal stamped their authority early and took all three points before half time. A curios game indeed, but a game that symbolised Arsenal’s ability to meet the challenge, come back from adversity; the game was just 48 hours after a tricky match against Newcastle. Arsenal racked up a three goal lead, courtesy of Bergkamp and ray parlour, in the opening 17 minutes and Anelka added a sublime fourth. What followed was four straight victories to clinch the title.

A stark contrast to last seasons 0-4 half time lead at St James Park. This Saturday is a tough away fixture because all fixtures at the moment are tough. A trip up North with the aim of three hard won points is the stuff that this league is all about. 1-4 would be nice but let’s see our boys get on that team bus and head home with a 0-1 victory and three points in the bag

The team that day: Seaman, Winterburn, Vieira, Bould, Adams, Anelka (Platt), Bergkamp, Overmars (Hughes), Parlour, Petit, Garde. Subs: Wreh, Crowe, Manninger

Blackburn were the team that had cast doubt on The Arsenal with their 1-3 Highbury victory in 97 and were not to be taken lightly.

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