YNWA takes a look back at some memorable past League encounters at Arsenal as we make our 88th League trip to Arsenal on Saturday, and sixth one to the Emirates Stadium. So far our record reads twenty wins, 29 draws and 38 defeats. Our recent record is reasonably good, with only four defeats in our final twelve League visits to Highbury, although we have yet to win at their new stadium.
We drew 1-1 last April in a game with plenty of late drama. We suffered injuries to Fábio Aurélio, Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher, with young full-back pairing John Flanagan and Jack Robinson impressing. The home side took the lead in the eighth minute of stoppage time through Robin van Persie from the spot, but Emmanuel Eboué then shoved Lucas in the back, with Dirk Kuyt converting the late, late penalty to equalise.
We lost 1-0 in February 2010, with Jamie Carragher's injury helping the Gunners to find the space to score through Abou Diaby's header. We were then denied a very late penalty when Cesc Fabregas handled a Steven Gerrard free-kick inside the area. We drew 1-1 in December 2008, with Robbie Keane grabbing a spectacular equaliser after Robin van Persie had given the home side the lead. Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for the Gunners but we could not convert our numerical superiority into victory.
To the Emirates
We made our first trip to the Emirates Stadium in November 2006, continuing our away day blues by being well beaten, 3-0. Peter Crouch played his 200th club League game. The big striker gave us the lead shortly before half time in our League visit in April 2008 that was sandwiched between both legs of our Champions League Quarter-final, with Nicklas Bendtner heading in the leveller from a free-kick. Damien Plessis made his reds bow in this game.
Other recent defeats
Luis García grabbed our goal in a 2-1 defeat in March 2006, with Xabi Alonso ludicrously dismissed in our final game at Highbury. Steven Gerrard bagged our consolation in May 2005 in his 200th League game in a 3-1 defeat that ensured that Everton finished above us in the final Champions League qualification spot in fourth, although we later had the last laugh over our neighbours. Thierry Henry bagged a treble as we lost 4-2 in April 2004, despite twice leading in the first half, initially through Sami Hyypiä and then Michael Owen.
A tale of two penalties in December 2002 - first Danny Murphy fought off El-Hadji Diouf to convert after Milan Baroš was felled by Sol Campbell. Unfortunately, Michael Owen then limped off with a hamstring problem before Francis Jeffers dived after brushing against John Arne Riise, and Thierry Henry netted to level the game.
Stan Collymore opened the scoring in March 1997, before Robbie Fowler went down in the box under David Seaman's challenge. He appealed to Gerald Ashby not to give a penalty, for which he later won a FIFA Fair Play Award, to no avail. Seaman saved the kick, but Jason McAteer converted the rebound. The game ended 2-1 to the reds. We won this fixture for the first time in five seasons in January 1993, courtesy of a John Barnes penalty. Nigel Winterburn became the first dismissal against us in the Premier League, while David James saved a spot-kick from Paul Merson.
Arsenal won our meeting in August 2000 that was marred by three sendings-off, as Dietmar Hamann and Gary McAllister were joined by Arsenal's Patrick Vieira, with Lauren and Thierry Henry handing Arsenal a 2-0 win. Hamann's dismissal was later rescinded.
Titi on target
Titi Camara latched onto a typical Steven Gerrard through-ball in February 2000, which was followed by a masterly display of containing Arsenal as we held on to win 1-0, securing our final Highbury clean sheet and most recent victory against the Gunners away from home.
In August 1987, John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both debuted as we won 2-1, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish's fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Back in September 1919, legendary striker Dick Forshaw made his reds debut as we lost 1-0. In December 1909, keeper Augustus Beeby debuted as we drew 1-1, with Jack Parkinson on target. In October 1906, inside-left Bill McPherson scored on his reds bow as we lost 2-1.
Our first trip to Arsenal in October 1893 resulted in our record win over the Gunners, 5-0 at the Manor Ground. Harry Bradshaw scored on his reds debut, while Matt McQueen also scored his first goal for us. Duncan McLean, John McCartney and Jimmy Stott were also on target against Woolwich Arsenal, with outside-right Douglas Dick also debuting.
Trebles all round
In September 1934, Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both scored hat-tricks as Arsenal trounced us 8-1 on their way to a third consecutive League title, with Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. In November 1931, Jack Lambert scored a second-half treble for Arsenal as they won 6-0, with John Charlton playing his third and final reds game.
In October 1928, Gordon Hodgson scored a thirteen-minute first-half hat-trick as the match ended 4-4, with Dick Edmed also on target. Seven months earlier, James Brain struck three times for Arsenal as Harry ‘Smiler' Chambers played his 339th and final reds game in our 6-3 defeat. Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Henry Race also netting. Charlie Buchan, who had previously registered eighteen strikes against the reds while with Sunderland, also netted for the Gunners. In February 1909, Albert Beney scored a hat-trick as Woolwich Arsenal won 5-0.
Other memorable meetings
Ronnie Whelan broke a bone in his ankle as we drew 1-1 in April 1990, leaving the Irish national side sweating on his fitness ahead of that summer's World Cup Finals in Italy. He recovered in time to make one substitute's appearance. John Barnes bagged our goal late on at Highbury. Ian Rush scored our first goal in this fixture for five seasons in a 1-1 draw in May 1982, with Kenny Dalglish playing his 200th League game for the reds. Steve Heighway played his 331st and final League game as we lost 1-0 in March 1981. We also lost 1-0 in our hundredth top-flight encounter in February 1976, including sixteen when they were known as Woolwich Arsenal.
In November 1973, Tommy Smith walked out of Highbury half an hour before kick-off after being told he had been dropped. Emlyn Hughes and John Toshack both struck inside the final fifteen minutes as we won 2-0. TV pundit Jimmy Hill came out of the crowd to fill in for injured linesman David Drewitt as our September 1972 encounter ended goalless. There was also no score in November 1979, with Kenny Dalglish playing his hundredth League game for the reds. Ian Callaghan was on target in his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 in December 1963. Arsenal's Derek Tapscott bagged a brace on his debut as we lost 3-0 in April 1954. The legendary Joe Mercer was carried off with a broken leg after twenty minutes of this game, ending his playing career.
We won 2-1 in May 1947 in our penultimate game of the season, taking us back to the top of the table, despite being behind with only a quarter of an hour to go. Jack Balmer headed us level before a Bob Priday cross was turned into his own net by full-back Wally Barnes. We pipped Manchester United for the title that season by one point, to claim it for the fifth time. Boss George Kay was not present at the match as he was away watching transfer targets, so captain Balmer gave the team talk! Forward Harry ‘Smiler' Chambers bagged his hundredth reds goal as we lost 3-1 in March 1924. We lost 3-1 to Woolwich Arsenal at the Manor Ground in September 1905 with Robbie Robinson bagging our consolation, and Sam Raybould missing a penalty in our first game of the season. Jack Parkinson broke his wrist in this match, keeping him out of the side for six months. We finished the game with nine men after Billy Dunlop twisted his knee.