On 1 April 2006, Arsenal put on a scintillating performance with a 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at Villa Park. Out-of form Villa rued missing two early chances in the first half when Emmanuel Adebayor headed in the opener in the 19th minute. The ‘King’ Thierry Henry doubled the lead six minutes later with a sublime lob before completing his brace right at the start of the second half.
Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby scored late in the second half to make it 5-0 against David O’Leary’s side. In the end the performance proved rewarding as it enhanced Arsenal’s chase for Champions League qualification.
On this very day in 1998, Le Professor Arsene Wenger won the Premier League Manager of the Month Award. This made him the first ever Arsenal manager to achieve that fate since the inception of the Premier League in 1993. Former Arsenal manager George Graham won the award, although with Leeds United in 1997 while former player Alan Ball won in with Manchester City in 1995.
Club legend Sammy Nelson was born on this eventful day in 1949 and coincidentally joined Arsenal on his 17th birthday. The left-back went on to make 339 appearances during his one and a half decade at Arsenal.
Stay tuned for another trip down history lane on tomorrow’s ‘On this day’ article.