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Blackburn Rovers


Premier League
Ewood Park
April 13, 1998

This was the night Arsenal turned the screw in the 1997/98 title race.

Arsène Wenger's side were in a battle for top spot with Manchester United and this trip to Ewood Park looked like a potential banana skin for the Gunners for a number of reasons.

First up, Rovers were a pretty decent side back then. Secondly the game unfolded in blizzard conditions. And last but not least, the game came just 48 hours after Arsenal had faced Newcastle.

So would fatigue be a factor? Not a bit of it.

Arsenal were rampant from the first whistle and raced into a three-goal lead in just 17 minutes. Dennis Bergkamp fired them ahead after two minutes and a Ray Parlour brace effectively settled the contest.

Nicolas Anelka scored a memorable fourth on the counter-attack and, although Kevin Gallacher grabbed a consolation as Arsenal eased off, it mattered little.

Wenger's team had their sixth Premier League win on the bounce and they won the next four too to clinch the title with something to spare.

Our FreezeFrame image shows Parlour firing past Alan Fettis while fellow midfielder Emmanuel Petit looks on.

Arsenal team: Seaman, Winterburn, Vieira, Bould, Adams, Anelka (Platt), Bergkamp, Overmars (Hughes), Parlour, Petit, Garde. Subs not used: Wreh, Crowe, Manninger.

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16 Sep 2011