On 16th May 1998, Arsenal convincingly overcame Newcastle United in the FA Cup final, beating them 2-0 to clinch the club’s second domestic double, according to Arsenal.com. The win came only two weeks after Arsene Wenger’s side were crowned Premier League Champions.
In the run up to the final, both Arsenal and Newcastle United won by a 1-0 score line against Wolves and Sheffield United respectively to qualify for English football’s primary cup competition played at the usual Wembley grounds.
The official club site has it that despite the fact that Newcastle had won the previous two FA Cup final encounters in 1932 and 1952, the Gunners made their intentions known early in the match when Marc Overmars scored the opener in the 23rd minute. The Magpies failed to convert their chances, ending the half with Arsenal having one hand on the trophy.
Alan Shearer and Nikos Dabizas both went to close to scoring the equaliser after the interval but it was Arsenal that got the wake up call and drove the last nail to Newcastle’s hopes of a 3rd FA Cup triumph against the Gunners.
It was France international Nicholas Anelka that beat the off-side trap, after a timely Ray Parlour pass to put the result beyond doubt.
With that, Arsene Wenger lifted his first domestic double – and the club’s second – on his first competitive season as manager.