On 26 May 1989, Arsenal overcame the much fancied Liverpool in dramatic fashion, beating them 2-0 to clinch the 1988-1989 Championship title. This is according to the club’s records found on the Official Arsenal website.
In the build up to the match, Arsenal received overwhelming opposition from the Liverpool fan base, including a banner that read “You Haven’t Got A Player, Arsenal!”. However, the experienced George Graham held his nerve, knowing well that his side were mentally prepared for the gigantic task ahead.
It was a game of two halves, although Arsenal showed more intent going forward with wing-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn occasionally given the freedom to go forward due to a back three formation.
According to Arsenal.com, Graham’s plan seemed to be working just right when the Highbury outfit took the lead seven minutes into the second half – courtesy of an Alan Smith goal. The ‘impossible’ however happened in the last minute of the match when Michael Thomas flicked the ball past Bruce Grobbelaar to double the lead for Arsenal.
Emotions ran riot among the travelling fans as Arsenal had won their 9th First Division title.
Ooh the joy!