Apr 25

Six years ago today..

When dawn broke on April 25, 2004, Arsenal had yet to lose after 33 games of what would be an historic Premiership campaign. The title would surely be heading to Highbury; it was just a matter of where Arsène Wenger’s side completed the formalities.

White Hart Lane would have been the choice of most Arsenal fans and, after second-placed Chelsea were beaten by Newcastle in an earlier kick-off, Arsenal’s task became clearer. They would need just one point in the North London derby to be crowned champions.

The visitors raced out of the blocks and took a third-minute lead. Thierry Henry carried the ball out of danger after a Tottenham corner and, having made inroads down the left, slid a perfect pass for Dennis Bergkamp to run on to. The Dutchman crossed low and Patrick Vieira slid in to open the scoring.

Bergkamp set up the second with a beautifully-weighted pass for Vieira as the skipper surged into the penalty area. The Arsenal captain cut the ball back for Robert Pires to provide a clinical finish. A little over half-an-hour had elapsed and Arsenal were cruising to the title.

To their credit, Spurs responded. Jamie Redknapp lashed in a long-range shot to reduce the deficit and, after Pires had struck the bar, Robbie Keane netted a late penalty to earn the hosts a point. Spurs had restored some pride but still had to look on as their rivals celebrated a thoroughly-deserved title.

The Arsenal fans have been reminding White Hart Lane regulars of it ever since.

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74 Responses to “Six years ago today..”

  1. iamgooner says:

    we are being heavily linked with sebastian frey the florentiena goalkeeper, i hope this is not true, weve got the money and the team for a world no1 keeper..

    buffon
    hugo lloris
    igor akinfeev

    IN:
    akinfeev 12million
    subotic 11million {GET THESE 3 AND OUR DEFENCE WOULD BE SORTED}
    boateng 11million
    felipe melo 11million
    van der vaart 6million
    chamakha FREE

    OUT:
    EDUARDO 8MILLION POOR GUY ISNT ARSENAL STANDARD..
    ROSICKY 8MILLION TO INJURY PRONE AND PAST HIS BEST, WILL BE 30
    SILVESTRE
    GALLAS
    ALMUNIA

    35MILLION FOR ALL THAT AHA CAN ALWAYS DREAM, WHO DO YOU LOT WANT TO SEE LEAVE? AND WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE BRUNG IN?

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  2. American Gooner says:

    @Gunningooner:

    as others have said, im sure that quote was from ages ago. however, even though he should use better discretion on when to comment to the media, he is right. we do need more impact players. we do need less youth and more veterans. we cannot seriously think of challenging for the premier league or the champions league title when we trot out the likes of silvestre, denilson, walcott, diaby, bendtner, and almunia on a regular basis. heck, our best player the past few games was arguably 108 year old sol campbell, how much of an indictment on our lack of depth and quality is that?

    until we buy players in all positions – defense, midfield, forward, and keeper, we will not seriously contend. that is a reality.

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  3. mojo gooner says:

    @iamgooner: i agree these are the same players i would like to see
    the lineup for next season would be:
    Akinfeev
    Sagna Subotic Vermaelen Clichy

    Song
    Fabregas Nasri
    Chamakh Van Persie Arshavin

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  4. gunningooner says:

    @American Gooner:

    You put it really well. I had thought initially that this was an old interview, but i didnt think the media would reprint an old interview twice for the same player. I still dont like the ugly truth.

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  5. Me says:

    It seems Arshavin will be leaving us, which I don’t think is too bad, but it will certainly mean Rosicky’s staying because Wenger doesn’t want to shuffle a lot. Arshavin’s head was out of this club for two months or more and he didn’t give us everything we expected from him this season. American Gooner was right, we need to sell about eight players and bring in 10 to be the Arsenal we want to be. Those 10 I would sell would be Eduardo, Rosicky, Almunia, Fabianski, Gallas, Silvestre, Traore, Denilson and some of the kids like Randall, Simpson, Watt, Merida, so we need a big clearance. I still believe in Djorou..I think he can become world-class, but only if injury free. I would keep Gallas for two more years, because we have Bartley knocking on the door. I would put Wilshere ahead of Walcott, and would buy Yaya Toure to muscle the midfield.

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  6. Ricky says:

    Where can arshavin possibly go?? doubt barca would want him.. he’s not exactly set the world a light while he’s been with us…

    Then the fact were not really showing much ambition could have an effect on the more valuble players we have which could be the reason he wants out.

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  7. gooner james says:

    arshavin will be leaving us to go to barcelona for 15mil.

    im dont think we sgould sell him as look at the moments of magic we have seen from him and like some of yiu said he can produce even more.

    we need to stop the trend of selling our best players to barcelona

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  8. gooner james says:

    i really wonder sumtimes if this website has been taken ova by spuds sum of u are so negative are team is nowere near as bad as sum of you make out.

    you all want 10 players out and 12 in i guarntee u if wenger sold 10 and bought 12 we would strugle to finish 6 and then u would all b moanin even more

    u all need to sit down and think whether u trully support the team or just like moanin like bitches

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  9. usfan says:

    tru dat gooner james

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  10. iamgooner says:

    HAHA YEAH..

    NAH I DONT FINK WE NEED A MAAAAJOR RESHUFFLE, WE JUST NEED A BRICKSHIT HOUSE IN MIDFIELD IN YAYA TOURE.. LOOK AT WHAT CAMPBELL HAS DONE FOR US!
    WE NEED A BRUISER, THAT TEAMS FEAR..

    I WOULD SWAP ARSHAVIN FOR YAYA TOURE..
    SIMPLY BECAUSE ARSHAVIN IS PROBABLY CAUSING SOO MUCH NEGATIVITY IN THE DRESSING ROOM

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  11. Me says:

    I must say I’m really sorry we didn’t buy Jonjo Shelvey, I think he’s the biggest talent in England, the next Gerrard

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  12. American Gooner says:

    @gooner james:

    goonerjames, what world are you living in? we finished third this year when both the top two teams have been absolute garbage. the problem is, we have been even worse. how can we realistically expect to challenge for a title when we get absolutely destroyed AT HOME by chelsea and man u? moreover, we get destroyed by barcelona at home and on the road.

    im sorry if you think that being a fan means being positive all the time – that simply isnt the case. further, if you think having the likes of silvestre, almunia, denilson, eduardo, rosicky is going to win titles im afraid you are naive.

    the fact is we have not spent virtually any money in the recent transfer windows and the results show. you are as good as your record. we always moan about injuries – guess what, they are part of the game. chelsea will win the title without essien playing in 2010 but they have others to support. when fabregas goes down, we have shit to replace him.

    if we dont reinforce our squad this summer we dont deserve to compete for a title next year. if wenger cant see that playing a backline of two of the oldest players in the premier league in front of a worthless keeper and behind two stiffs in midfield, he has lost the plot, too.

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  13. arsenal4ever says:

    bull.. biggest talent is by far Jack the Lad!!!!! We have enough young promising midfielders. We werent after Sterling at all, too.

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  14. Me says:

    @American Gooner: also, this season will prove that Wenger and the Board were not right in their policy of making money every transfer window.

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  15. Malaysian Gooners says:

    Yaa..sweet old memories.

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  16. Malaysian Gooners says:

    Initially i was delighted when Arshavin joined us, as games progressing i can see that Arshavin was just like Reyes. Lots of talent but not playing wholehearted!!

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  17. Ricky says:

    @American Gooner: I like this guy.. lol! american gooner you are one of the most realistic supporters on here.. Nothing wrong with being honest even if it does sound negative but you know what, the clubs ambition for the past few yrs has been negative too so i think a lil back-lash from the fans is well over due.

    A big clear out is unlikely to happen as we all know but we do need a big change in our 1st eleven line up.. Btw campbell may be one of the grandads of the team but im sure you’ll agree that he’s been far better then most of our players.

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  18. American Gooner says:

    thanks, ricky. i think, for my money, campbell has been our best player by a country mile in the last two months. having said that, when a 304 year old center back is your best player you have problems.

    i realize that a big clear out isnt likely to happen. more realistically, we need to sign a world class keeper. that is absolute priority number one. secondly, we need to sign a world class defender. those two i feel are realistic and attainable.

    then, we need to sign chamakh and, hopefully, one more midfielder.

    i think that, unfortunately, eboue will go. i know other fans dislike eboue, but i think he is very valuable as both an attacking fullback and a winger. he frustrates, of course, but he is a great guy to have on your bench – plus the team loves him, no doubt. i dont think arshavin will be off, i think wenger will have a talk with him. certainly, though, he needs to adjust his attitude. i think silvestre will be gone, as will merida and perhaps one more (gallas?).

    Finally, i think we should scrap the 1 up front crap. it gives our midfielders an excuse to be lazy, it doesnt provide the 1 with enough support, and it ultimately hasnt done the job.

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  19. American Gooner says:

    with that said, i would like to see a realistic lineup of:

    lloris
    sagna vermaelen hangeland(or subotic, or insert cb signing here) clichy
    arshavin song fabregas nasri
    rvp chamakh

    Subs: almunia, eboue, gallas, diaby, walcott (regrettably), rosicky, eduardo, bendtner

    Not a great team or lineup. Would prefer a quality winger but we never seem to use one anyway so perhaps that is pointless. Thoughts?

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  20. gooner james says:

    american gooner i think its u who is deluded i said that every one who wants 10 players in and 12 out is stupid coz it wont work u then tell me i know nothing about football u then post ur predicted lineup with only 2 new signings i know chamakh is not ours yet but he pretty much is.

    so when i said we needed just 2 or 3 players was i not right.

    i rest my case

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  21. Gunningooner says:

    cmon guys, chill

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  22. American Gooner says:

    @gooner james:

    James, seriously? If you could read, your posts would be much more thoughtful. I posted my PREDICTED lineup, not the one I thought was necessary to challenge for titles. In fact, if you read my post, you would have seen that I said “NOT A GREAT TIME OR LINEUP.” You need to take the rose-colored glasses off your eyes and realize that Arsenal need quite a few changes to seriously challenge for the PL and CL titles. If you don’t believe me, look at the Barca-Inter game last night. Inter made Messi look invisible. We, on the other hand, got him a raise.

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  23. American Gooner says:

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11670_6122516,00.html

    as predicted, just media drumming up controversy. arshavin to stay with arsenal for rest of his career unless arsene leaves. it would be nice if, while staying here, he could get his head out of his backside and produce like he is capable.

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  24. Ricky says:

    Tbh i dont know what players are out there in a realistic price range that could come in & make such a difference but im sure arsene does.. This is were he’ll have to look good & hard.

    I think we need to try & keep gallas. I personally have not seen much of this subotic kid but for what i have seen, he looks good & the fact that most fans feel he’s what we need kinda says alot.

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