by Tony Attwood
This article updated 17 October
28 September 2002. Leeds 1 Arsenal 4
Some matches are remembered because they produced exciting, winning football. This was one of those.
Some matches are remembered for a new man’s wonderful first ever game. This was one of those.
Some matches are remembered for their place in history – and this was one of those too.
In this game against Leeds, Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest’s old record of 22 away games without defeat and Chesterfield’s record (created in 1929/30 and thought of until just a few weeks before this match as utterly unbeatable) of scoring in 47 consecutive league games. And the football was magnificent.
Of course no one knows the future, and those of us at the game enjoyed the fun, and the tumbling records. But it was only a short time hence – on 19 October – that the away record ended with a 2-1 defeat at Everton and our challenge for the league took a knock in the next game – a home defeat by Blackburn.
So we ended the season second, when we thought we might well win it. But on 7 May we beat Southampton at home, and that started a record of a totally new variety.
However, back to this game. And it was he that scored the record breaking goal. What a way to start.
Lauren Campbell Cygan Cole
Toure Vieira Gilberto Wiltord
The goal scorers were Kanu on 9 minutes and 86 minutes, Kolo Toure on 20 and of course Thierry Henry on 46 within seconds of the kick off.
Before the game Arsène Wenger said this would be the toughest outing of the season thus far, but it never looked remotely tough. It was the Unbeaten team in preparation; awesomely fast amazingly accurate, and we had now broken the all-time Football League record for scoring in consecutive matches.
Dennis Bergkamp and Martin Keown had been injured in the previous game away to PSV Eindhoven which was how it was that Kanu and Pascal Cygan played. Toure replaced Freddie Ljungberg who had just played three in a row after his hip injury and needed a break.
Of course no one knows the future, and those of us at the game enjoyed the fun, and the tumbling records in the expectation that anything was possible.
But on 19 October 2002 the away record ended with a 2-1 defeat at Everton and our challenge for the league took a knock in the next game – a home defeat by Blackburn. Yet Arsenal bounced back, and not only did we win the FA Cup, but on 7 May just before that game, we beat Southampton at home, and that started a record of a totally new variety.
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However, back to this game.