Arsenal must create history at the Nou Camp but Wenger insists football owes him nothing

16 Mar

Despite the ban on English clubs entering European competition at the time, Liverpool were still considered the supreme club in the continent when Arsenal went there on the final day of the season in 1989 needing to win by at least two goals to steal the League title from under their noses.

Barcelona have not lost at the Nou Camp by more than a single goal since Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid defeated them 3-1 in the Copa Del Rey, a match, incidentally, which featured Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil among the Galacticos from the Spanish capital.

That was over three years ago. Before that famous title finale in May 1989, it had been three-and-a-half years since Liverpool had lost by that same margin at Anfield.

But Alan Smith scored from a faint header. That meant it was up for grabs, now and sure enough Michael Thomas hit the late winner. Arsenal fans were at fever pitch and football literature was born. Happy days in north London.

When, during Arsene Wenger’s near 20-year reign, has there been a night like that? Sir Alex Ferguson had his “Football, bloody hell” moment with the treble-winning comeback in this very stadium against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.


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