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31 October: A record crowd, five wins and a draw in six… but what season?

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31 October: A new record crowd and a win over Tottenham.

It was in fact 31 October 2009: Arsenal made it five league wins and a draw in the last six by beating Tottenham 3-0 at home with a record Emirates crowd (at the time) of 60,103.  Van Persie (2) and Fabregas got the goals.  The club had also made it nine wins and two draws in 11 games in all competitions thus far.

As a result the table now looked like this…

Team P W D L G A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 11 9 0 2 28 8 20 27
2 Manchester United 11 8 1 2 23 11 12 25
3 Arsenal 10 7 1 2 32 13 19 22
4 Tottenham Hotspur 11 6 1 4 21 17 4 19
5 Liverpool 11 6 0 5 25 16 9 18

There had been a slip earlier in the season, but Arsenal now seemed to have recovered…

Date Match Res Score Competition
15 Aug 2009 Everton v Arsenal W 1-6 Premier League
18 Aug 2009 Celtic v Arsenal W 0-2 Champions League
22 Aug 2009 Arsenal v Portsmouth W 4-1 Premier League
26 Aug 2009 Arsenal v Celtic W 3-1; Agg 5-1 Champions League
29 Aug 2009 Manchester United v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
12 Sep 2009 Manchester City v Arsenal L 4-2 Premier League
16 Sep 2009 Standard Liege v Arsenal W 2-3 Champions League
19 Sep 2009 Arsenal v Wigan Athletic W 4-0 Premier League
22 Sep 2009 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion W 2-0 League Cup
26 Sep 2009 Fulham v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
29 Sep 2009 Arsenal v Olympiakos W 2-0 Champions League
04 Oct 2009 Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers W 6-2 Premier League
17 Oct 2009 Arsenal v Birmingham City W 3-1 Premier League
20 Oct 2009 AZ Alkmaar v Arsenal D 1-1 Champions League
25 Oct 2009 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
28 Oct 2009 Arsenal v Liverpool W 2-1 League Cup
31 Oct 2009 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur W 3-0 Premier League

Those two defeats in Manchester had led to a lot of newspaper headlines suggesting that Arsenal had in the opening four games against “weak opposition” flattered to deceive, but Arsenal’s forward line which had by now scored 32 goals in ten league games were way ahead of the rest of the pack.

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