On 7th May 2006, according to BBC Sport, Arsenal won 4-2 against Wigan Athletic in their last game at the 93-year old Highbury Stadium. The Premier League side were set to move to the Emirates Stadium – that would accommodate a record 60,000 supporters – after signing a mega deal with the Middle Eastern powerhouse.
A sensational Thierry Henry was in fine form on the day that Arsenal bid their final goodbyes to their spiritual home, as he netted a hat-trick in a match that saw six goals scored in total. French international Robert Pires struck from close range to give the Gunners the lead in the opening stages of the game, but the joy was short lived – Paul Scharner and David Thompson struck consequently to give Wigan the lead.
However, an inspired Henry eased home the equaliser before the break then shortly added his second of the game right after the interval. With that, Arsenal were right back in it!
The skipper then converted from the spot kick to make it 4-2 after Freddie Ljungberg was brought down in the penalty area. Henry memorably celebrated by kissing the Highbury turf to signify the end of an era.
What a historic day it was for Arsenal!