Arsenal won the league away to Manchester United at Old Trafford on 8 May 2002; the winning goal was scored by Sylvain Wiltord in the second half. " In spite of dominating their next match against Blackburn Rovers – "27 goal attempts, 14 on target," Arsenal were beaten 2–1; the winning goal was scored by Dwight Yorke in the second half. We are not worrying about United too much.  The win secured the double for the second time in four seasons and prompted Wenger to acclaim a "shift of power" in the league. Parlour won the second of his three Premier League titles in 2002 and left Arsenal following the third of those triumphs two years later. Arsenal were drawn in Group A, along with German club Borussia Dortmund, Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven and French side Auxerre.  Henry scored a hat-trick for Arsenal against West Ham United on 19 January 2003 but the team drew at Liverpool in spite of a polished performance; Emile Heskey headered the ball into the net, scoring for the home team after 90 minutes. Arsenal only needed a draw to progress into the knockout stages, but lost 2–1 to Valencia at the Mestalla on 19 March 2003.  More ground was lost and the initiative was handed to Manchester United, following a second successive stalemate in the league, this time away to Leeds on 20 January 2002.  With results going in Arsenal's favour that midweek however, the club moved second in the table after a 3–1 win against Leicester City. , Arsenal recorded a 2–0 win against Newcastle United on 2 March 2002. Twitter: You can follow our dedicated Arsenal Twitter account, our senior football writer James Benge and trainee Arsenal writer Art de Roché.  A fourth straight defeat represented the club's worst run in 19 years but with PSV beating Auxerre, Arsenal qualified for the second group stage with a game to spare – that match ending in a 0–0 draw against PSV. WhatsApp: Click here to enroll or text NEWS to 07557204612 and then add the number to your phone contacts book as arsenal dot london (case sensitive, with spaces) to receive daily updates and breaking news on Arsenal.  It was their first win in European football away from home in 19 months and the match set a new club record, as Gilberto scored the fastest goal in the competition at 20.07 seconds. Sign up now to The Football Project newsletter to get all the latest Premier League news straight to your inbox!  Chelsea threatened early with goal efforts from Le Saux and midfielder Frank Lampard, before Bergkamp fashioned the first real chance of the match – he headed the ball over the top, which caught goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini off his line.  Goalkeeper Guillaume Warmuz signed a short-term contract with Arsenal, as cover for Seaman, Stuart Taylor and Rami Shaaban..  Arsenal won their next match at Middlesbrough, but squandered a two-goal lead away to Bolton Wanderers in the last ten minutes. ", Arsenal started October with a 3–1 win against Sunderland, breaking Manchester United's Premier League record of 30 matches unbeaten. He retired eight years later and is now a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and African brand ambassador for Chinese media company StarTimes. It is 18 years since Arsene Wenger's Arsenal won 1-0 away to Man Utd to secure the Premier League crown. The team scored a total of 112 goals in all competitions. [a], Arsenal's kit sponsorship with O2 came into action in the 2002–03 season, replacing SEGA Dreamcast.. This was Seaman’s penultimate season at Arsenal before the goalkeeper rounded off his career at Manchester City. , A total of 20 teams competed in the Premier League in the 2002–03 season.  By the time Arsenal played Everton on 23 March 2003, they were displaced at the top of the table by Manchester United.  Farnborough as the home team began the match in disastrous fashion, conceding a goal scored by Campbell in the 19th minute, and going down to ten men after Christian Lee was sent off for a professional foul.  Three days later, a 5–2 win against West Bromwich Albion moved Arsenal to the top of the league table. The first four goals, all scored before the half-hour, came at a time when "[Alex] Ferguson ordered the radio to be switched before they reached Old Trafford, presumably in ghastly silence.  In spite of the man disadvantage, Arsenal was awarded a late penalty which was converted in by Robert Pires – it was conceded by Ugo Ehiogu for a trip on Ashley Cole, who subsequently was sent off. Francis Jeffers scored twice before Rocky Baptiste added a consolation, beating Cygan for pace and despite having his first shot saved by goalkeeper Taylor, he managed to lift the ball over him and into the net.  Arsenal faced non-league side Farnborough Town but the match switched from Farnborough's ground at Cherrywood Road to Highbury due to concerns over safety. " Wenger described Campbell as the "best", adding: "I felt we could not compete on financial basis with the top clubs but we could give him a football challenge. It's the most important thing in football. Cole departed Arsenal in acrimonious circumstances, rejecting a contract offer and joining Chelsea in 2006. For Chelsea, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Graeme Le Saux passed late fitness tests and were named in the first team; John Terry filled the substitutes bench, having woken up with a virus.  A draw against Southampton on 2 February 2002 started a run of 13 consecutive league wins – a new record, beginning against Everton.  Although Sylvain Wiltord equalised moments after, striker Mark Viduka in the second half collected a pass from Harry Kewell and used his strength to beat Tony Adams and score for the visitors. Frederik Ljungberg during the 1-0 win over Manchester United in May 2002 that saw Arsenal win the title. The ex-England international has done a variety of things post-football, including participating in Dancing on Ice and The Big Fish Off on ITV.  Against Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal was held to a 1–1 draw after Jeffers' goal was cancelled out by Michael Ricketts.  At St Mary's Stadium, Arsenal lost 3–2 to Southampton; striker James Beattie scored twice against an Arsenal defence, who conceded three goals in total for the first time since May 2001.  Victory against Ipswich Town and five days later at home against West Ham United, where Ljungberg and Kanu scored meant Arsenal was two wins away from securing the title. , Against Auxerre, Gilberto scored for the second successive matchday to take Arsenal to nine points, but goals from Olivier Kapo and Khalilou Fadiga in the return game inflicted Arsenal's first defeat in the Champions League.  Against Gillingham in the fifth round, Arsenal twice had their lead cancelled out, before Adams, making his long-awaited return, scored the match-winning goal.  Wiltord scored the winning goal against Everton and Arsenal moved back to second place, which was obtained by Liverpool, following a 4–1 win at home to Fulham.  Two goals from Henry against Birmingham City took his total for the club to 100 goals in all competitions; Wenger declared the display – a 4–0 win, as his team's best since beating Leeds United in September. Both Sol Campbell and Richard Wright made their debuts for the club in the 2–0 win against Real Mallorca.  The team responded with a 3–1 win against Italian champions Juventus; Ljungberg's second goal of the match and Arsenal's third involved a "wonderful piece of individual skill" by Bergkamp, as he held off two markers, before twisting and turning to find the Swede. , An own goal scored by Touré meant Freddie Ljungberg's opener against Aston Villa was cancelled out and the match ended in a draw, albeit helping Arsenal back to first position on goal difference. We’ve taken a look. After spells with Roma, LA Galaxy and Derby County, he hung up his boots at the end of last season. "We're all fighting for second place now. That's what's really driving us on. The title race was as good as over by February, when Arsenal lost 6–1 to United at Old Trafford. The dates and details of these matches are displayed below. , — Thierry Henry's reaction following the Middlesbrough game.  Vicente Engonga scored from the resulting penalty, which proved to be the winning goal, in spite of Wenger making attacking substitutions that threatened to go close.  Goals from Ljungberg, Wiltord, Henry and Kanu against Leicester City moved Arsenal into third place, a point behind joint-leaders Everton and Leeds. I feel it's being very unfair as we are the only side left in all three competitions. Arsenal began the 2001–02 season in good form and a win against Liverpool in December 2001 – having gone down to ten men in the first half, helped them move second in the table. We have shown a lot of strength to come back here – beating Liverpool and Newcastle on the way. Henry featured in 55 matches, three of which he came on as a substitute. Campbell won more trophies in his first season at Arsenal than he did during nine years in Tottenham’s first team. The timing of the game, influenced by the television schedulers, angered Wenger, who threatened to field a weakened side, to prioritise on their Champions League progress: "The BBC have put us in this position of playing at 5.35pm on Saturday night instead of a noon kick-off.
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