Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Liverpool to win the 1989 English Championship. On that night 20 years ago, Michael Thomas rushed forward in injury time to lift home the second goal of the game and etch Arsenal’s name into the history books as winners of perhaps the most dramatic English League season ever.
As far as exciting finishes goes that probably tops the lot and although I was only 4 years old at the time and a good few years away from discovering Arsenal for myself, it’s clear that most Arsenal supporters around the world – and every single one in the UK – have a special place for that goal.
For those that need reminding of Thomas’ great goal you can check it out here. Those wanting to relive the whole drama of the game can check out the detailed coverage of events on a special edition of the official Arsenal website here.
Great stuff and a nice call from the commentator to who stayed quite calm under the circumstances. Imagine if that goal was scored in this day and age, whoever called it would probably fall over trying to declare it “the most amazing moment in human history”. Something like this is what I’m getting at.
Moving on and it’s all about the Champions League final tonight as Barcelona take on Manchester United in Rome. The feeling I get is that it should be a good game with the Spanish side possessing arguably the best attack in the world and United the most complete squad. Barca are without both wing-backs Eric Abidal and Dani Alves and will most likely field a reshuffled defensive unit of Sylvinho on the left, Yaya Toure and Gerard Pique in the middle and Carlos Puyol at the back.
It will be interesting to see how United come out and play against Barcelona given the success that Chelsea had in stifling them. You have to think that Alex Ferguson will adopt a counter-attacking style and let Barcelona have plenty of the ball and if that is the case, I can see Thierry Henry having a lot of luck down the right against John O’Shea. I’ve made no bones about who I will be supporting and nothing would give me more pleasure tonight than to see Barcelona give United a real touch-up which leaves Cristiano Ronaldo in tears at the end of the game. I can picture it now. Ahhh, bliss.
I might even put a couple of bets down on the game. In fact, I will. Bam! Done; Barcelona to win 2-1 and Thierry Henry to score the opening goal. Come on Barca! Don’t let me down!
Anyway, that’s it for today. Just another reminder that if you’re yet to complete the Arsenal FC Blog 2008/09 Survey you can do so by clicking here. There are books to be won and we’re up to 250 entries so far, but as I said yesterday I’d love to get at least 500 by the end of the week. It’s a pretty interesting survey and if you’re interested in having your say about Arsenal this season then get on it!
Cheers and good luck Thierry!
PS. I should add that the Youth Team beat Liverpool 2-1 in the second leg of their final overnight to complete a 6-2 aggregate FA Cup win. The future continues to shine bright for Arsenal.
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