Arsenal: remembering '89

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Arsenal fans have endured end of season heartache for a sixth successive year, after Arsene Wenger's side ended 2010/11 with another trophy-less campaign.

But today marks a special day on the Gunners' calendar, an anniversary of arguably the most dramatic moment in the club's entire history.

26 May 1989, George Graham's title-chasing squad travelled to Anfield in need of victory by a two-goal margin to secure the domestic crown on the final day of the league season.

As the top two teams in the old First Division went head-to-head, Arsenal were the overwhelming underdogs having relinquished a fifteen-point lead over Liverpool, who in comparison went into the game undefeated since the turn of the year.


Sitting in 2nd place, three points behind Liverpool, only a win for Graham's side would do, to bring the title back to north London for the first time since 1971, and how they delivered.

After a tense first half, the two sides went in at the break level at 0-0, but it was Arsenal who took the initiative early in the second half when Alan Smith's glancing header kept the Gunners slender hopes alive.

As the game wore on, Arsenal struggled to breakdown a battling Liverpool side in their pursuit of that all-important second goal, until the final minute of injury time.

Michael Thomas was the man who wrote his name in Arsenal folklore, with the decisive goal that completed a thrilling turnaround to clinch the title for the Gunners, to go down in history as one of the greatest ever success stories in the club's history.

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