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Arsenal's Premier League win: Nine years on

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Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane. (©GettyImages)
Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane. (©GettyImages).

What a difference time can make in football. Nine years ago yesterday, Arsenal Football Club were playing fierce-rival Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane with just a point being enough to win the Premier League title. 

Nine years on, they are fighting to secure a top-four finish. April 25th 2004 is one of the best days in Arsenal's history as they won the Premier League title at their fierce-rivals ground thanks to a 2-2 draw.

The Gunners went 2-0 up early on thanks to goals from Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires, but were eventually pegged back after Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane scored for Spurs. 

But a point was all they needed and a point was what they got which saw them crowned champions at White Hart Lane.

Now it's April 2013 and Arsenal are far from the team they used to be and are battling with Tottenham and Chelsea to be a top-four team. With the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United running away in the race for the championship, it has left the likes of Arsenal trailing behind.

With the likes of; Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp long gone, it could be a long time before the glory days return at Arsenal.

It has now been eight years since Arsenal have won a trophy and with teams around them able to spend big every year, it looks like things will only get harder for the Gunners.

There is no doubt that they still have the quality, but the level of quality is completely different. From one of the world's elite, to not even the best in the Premier League.

It's been a tough eight years for Arsenal, but who knows what will happen in the next nine years?

25th April 2004 team that started against Tottenham: Jens Lehmann, Lauren, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Ashley Cole, Ray Parlour, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp.

25th April 2013 likely line-up: Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski.

Would any of the 2013 team get into that 2004 team?

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