But the result did mean that Arsenal had not only scored in every league during the season, but they also set the new record of scoring in 26 top league games.
The goal itself came from Wiltord. Henry had crossed, Bergkamp took the cross down, and Wiltord scored from five yards.
As for why we didn’t win – the lack of Patrick Vieira who went off on 28 minutes was a major cause. After that, the free-flowing football that we were expecting didn’t happen. Gio van Bronckhorst came on, but the movement thereafter was not as good as before.
In the press it was the usual theme – Arsenal don’t take their chances, Wasteful Arsenal, and all that stuff. And yes it was disappointing. The team was: Wright, Luzhny, Campbell, Upson, Cole (Grimandi 52), Pires, Vieira (van Bronckhorst 27), Parlour, Wiltord, Henry, Bergkamp (Edu 71).
After the game the table looked like this (and it is interesting to see who was in second place).
Arsenal in third, but with a worse goal difference than Man U and thus effectively with four points to make up.
The next game (away to Everton who were having a poor season, languishing in 14th and who had already lost 5 home games) followed by the return game, were both eminently winnable. But then there was second in the table Newcastle, away. Not so easy.
In fact, what happened was utterly amazing. Arsenal played 13 more games and won the lot!
- 10 Feb 2002: Everton 0 Arsenal 1
- 23 Feb 2002: Arsenal 4 Fulham 1
- 2 Mar 2002: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2
- 5 Mar 2002: Arsenal 1 Derby C 0
- 17 Mar 2002 Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 2
- 30 Mar 2002 Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0
- 1 April 2002: Charlton 0 Arsenal 3
- 6 April 2002: Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1
- 21 April 2002: Arsenal 2 Ipswich 0
- 24 April 2002: Arsenal 2 WHU 0
- 29 April 2002: Bolton 0 Arsenal 2
- 8 May 2002: Man U 0 Arsenal 1
- 11 May 2002: Arsenal 4 Everton 3
After the 29 April match, Man U could still have won the league if they had won their two remaining games and Arsenal had lost. This was in fact possible given that the 8 May game was a Man U v Arsenal game.
But Arsenal won, and the final table looked liked this
|7||West Ham United||38||15||8||15||48||57||-9||53|
Arsenal had not only overtaken Man U on points, but also on goal difference, which one might not have expected. But then, no one really expected 13 wins in a row.
For details of the videos sorted by club, and videos in the order we published them, plus our 21 golden great videos please see here.
Just as the videos have been put in date order so we are now doing a day-by-day series of Arsenal events, looking to find one good story a day throughout the year. This project started on 1 December, and we are adding to it each day. The index is here.
100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.
Henry Norris at the Arsenal: There is a full index to the series here.
Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever
Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.