🏟 Greatest Games: 'We won the league at Old Trafford'

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Lewis Ambrose

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The scheduling of the 2001/02 season was a bit odd.

With a World Cup around the corner, the FA Cup final strangely took place before the end of the Premier League season. So on 8 May 2002, Arsenal went to Old Trafford knowing they could clinch the title and secure the Double.

The game itself was cagey, the Gunners were without talismanic striker Thierry Henry. Luckily for Arsenal, their midfield rose to the occasion. Patrick Vieira was dominant. Edu was steely without the ball and considered with it. Ray Parlour didn’t stop running and played one of the games of his career.

And Freddie Ljungberg was the side’s man goal threat. But he wasn’t the hero.

The Swede had scored seven goals in six games (including one in the FA Cup final four days earlier) heading to Old Trafford and it looked like he’d net again to open the scoring.

Fabien Barthez denied him, Sylvain Wiltord put in the rebound.

And that was that. Arsenal were champions. They were undefeated away from home and had scored in every single match of the league campaign.

Then the fans unveiled a superb banner, just to rub the salt in the wounds of the United fans a little more.

One Arsène Wenger, indeed.