7 May 2006: the last match at Highbury and the battle for fourth

By Tony Attwood

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The anniversary of the last match at Highbury might just be remembered simply as saying farewell to the old ground.  But it was much more than that, as Arsenal and Tottenham went into the match with either of the clubs able to claim the fourth qualifying spot for next season’s Champions League.

It didn’t go according to plan at first as Tottenham were reported to be winning, while Arsenal went 1-2 down to Wigan.

But in the end it all came good as Arsenal beat Wigan 4-2 with a Henry hattrick, and an appearance for the final time in a league game, of Dennis Bergkamp, who retired after this match.

The result meant that the last team to beat Arsenal at Highbury was West Ham of all clubs, on 1 February 2006.

And that is curious because on this final day it was West Ham who beat Tottenham to destroy their dream of making it into the Champions League.  Tottenham only won one of their last four games, and ended up two points behind Arsenal and with a massively inferior goal difference.



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