On 13 April 1998, a rampant Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the Premier League as they cruised to win the much coveted domestic double. The Gunners hit the ground running from the first whistle and their ruthlessness was made evident when they scored three quick goals in 15 minutes.
Dennis Bergkamp fired them into the lead just two minutes into the match before Ray Parlour netted a brace in the 7th and 14th minute respectively. Arsene Wenger’s side wrapped up the win with some vintage counter attacking football finished off by Nicolas Anelka. Although the Riversiders pulled one back, it was of no consequence to Arsenal’s title chase.
The win mounted pressure on League leaders Manchester United and a 4-0 rout over Everton in the final game of the season saw Arsenal crowned Premier League Champions. Arsenal met Newcastle United in the 1998 FA Cup Final, this being their fourth encounter in the cup final.
Given that the Magpies had won two of their last three encounters, Arsenal had a score to settle. A goal each by Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka in both halves saw Arsenal register the win at Wembley to complete the domestic double.
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