The first round of the FA Cup semi-final in the 1992/1993 season was set to be a cracker when Arsenal were pitted against their arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Memories of a 3-1 thrashing which happened only two seasons earlier by their North London counterparts were still vivid in the Arsenal faithful’s mind, succumbing to another loss would only add insult to injury.
Knowing all too well that the loss that season cost them the domestic double, George Graham’s side was out to not only qualify for the FA Cup finals, but to also silence their city rivals. The derby was a game of two halves for the better part of the match until in the 79th when the Gunners were awarded a free-kick. Paul Merson delivered a well-executed cross towards the far post that skipper Tony Adams was able to connect with, sending the ball in the back of the net with a powerful header.
Wembley exploded in joyous celebration at full time as Adams’s goal sunk Tottenham’s hopes of winning any silverware that season. Arsenal on the other hand were on the verge of winning the domestic double as they had already won the League title at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.
At the end of the season, Arsenal paraded the League and FA Cup trophies along the streets of North London with Tottenham all the while watching from a distance.