By Josh James
The curtain will fall on another home season this weekend, and history suggests there could be goals in the game against Norwich City.
Over the past 12 seasons, five of the Gunners' final home games have yielded six or more goals, and, going further back in time, there have been some truly memorable matches to round off home campaigns.
From title-clinching parties to goalfests, here are six of the best…
Eddie Carr in action - 1938
Arsenal 5-0 Bolton Wanderers
May 7, 1938
The Gunners crushed Bolton at Highbury to clinch the league title on the final day of the 1937/38 season. Arsenal looked to have blown their championship hopes having lost twice to Brentford during the Easter period to surrender their place at the top. Going into the final game, Wolves were a point clear of the Gunners, and travelled to Sunderland knowing victory would earn them the title. George Allison's side needed to beat Bolton and hope Sunderland could do them favour. Two goals each from Cliff Bastin and Eddie Carr, as well as one from Alf Kirchen, ensured Arsenal did their part, but the crowd and players could not celebrate yet. Then came the news that Wolves had lost 1-0 to 10-man Sunderland to hand Arsenal their fifth title in eight years, and the second clinched on home territory.
Arsenal: Swindin, Male, Hapgood, L Jones, Joy, Copping, Kirchen, Bremner, Carr, Drury, Bastin.
Arsenal 3-2 Burnley - 1953
Arsenal 3-2 Burnley
May 1, 1953
Arsenal clinched a record seventh league title with a 3-2 home win over Burnley on the last day of the 1952/53 season. They knew only a win would be good enough to be crowned champions, as Preston, who had beaten the Gunners 2-0 on the penultimate weekend of the season, had completed their fixtures and were two points clear at the top (in the days of two points for a win). Burnley - a top six side themselves - took the lead on eight minutes, only for Alex Forbes to equalise instantly. Twenty minutes later the Gunners were 3-1 up. Some superb attacking football had resulted in further goals for Doug Lishman and Jimmy Logie. Burnley scored again on 74 minutes to ensure a tense finale, but Arsenal held on to win the title on goal difference - by 0.099 of a goal!
Arsenal: Swindin, Wade, L Smith, Forbes, Daniel, Mercer, Roper, Logie, Goring, Lishman, Marden.
Arsenal 5-1 Southampton - 1992
Arsenal 5-1 Southampton
May 2, 1992
Ian Wright scored a hat-trick to take the Golden Boot and ensure that the final game played in front of the famous North Bank terrace was one to remember. Highbury was to become an all-seater venue, so the 79-year-old terrace was to be bulldozed after this game and replaced with a modern 12,000-seat stand. But not before Wright had given it the perfect send-off. After a goalless first half, Kevin Campbell scored the opener before Glenn Cockerill replied. A Wright penalty made it 2-1 and Alan Smith then made it three. With the game entering injury time, it looked as though Gary Lineker would claim the Golden Boot, but Wright summoned a super-human effort to score not once, but twice in added time to take his tally for his debut season at Arsenal to 29 in the league, claim the match ball and win the Golden Boot.
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Hillier, Bould, Adams, Rocastle, Wright, Campbell, Merson (Parlour), Limpar (Smith).
Arsenal 4-0 Everton - 1998
Arsenal 4-0 Everton
May 3, 1998
Arsène Wenger's first league title was celebrated in sensational fashion, with captain Tony Adams providing the coup de grace. A superb run of form from the turn of the year had put Arsenal within touching distance of the title in Wenger's first full season in north London. A win over Everton would see them crowned champions, and a Slaven Bilic own goal on just four minutes sent them on the way. Marc Overmars scored two fine breakaway goals either side of half-time to start the celebrations. The best was yet to come, though. In the final moments, Steve Bould sent a ball over the top and Adams of all people found himself bearing down on goal, and he lashed home left footed in front of the North Bank to win the league with two games (away to Liverpool and Aston Villa) to spare.
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Keown, Adams, Parlour, Vieira, Petit (Platt), Overmars, Anelka (Wright), Wreh (Bould).
Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City - 2004
Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City
May 15, 2004
Arsenal's status as the first unbeaten champions in the modern era was confirmed with a comeback win over Leicester at Highbury. Having already claimed the title, the Gunners had just one remaining objective in the 38th and final league game of 2003/04 - not to lose and hence become the first 'Invincibles' since Preston North End achieved the feat in the 22-game 1888/89 season. Former Gunner Paul Dickov threatened to ruin the party when he headed home in the first half. Arsenal turned the game around in the second half, though. Thierry Henry converted a 46th-minute penalty and captain Patrick Vieira sealed the win after Dennis Bergkamp’s through ball as the Gunners secured their place in history.
Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cole, Ljungberg (Keown), Gilberto, Vieira, Pires (Edu), Bergkamp (Reyes), Henry.
Arsenal 7-0 Everton - 2005
Arsenal 7-0 Everton
May 11, 2005
The last time Arsenal ever wore the famous red and white strip at Highbury resulted in a 7-0 hammering of Everton. The visitors had just confirmed fourth place in the league, and a possible debut season in the Champions League, but they were up against a rampant Gunners, who went 2-0 up after 12 minutes through Robin van Persie and Robert Pires. Vieira made it 3-0 before Henry was introduced at half-time, with the FA Cup final just 10 days away. But for once Henry was overshadowed as further goals came from Pires again, Edu (on his last Highbury outing), Bergkamp (who also made three assists) and Mathieu Flamini (his first for the Gunners).
Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Campbell, Senderos, Cole, Vieira (Flamini), Edu, Pires (Fabregas), Bergkamp, van Persie (Henry), Reyes.
Did you know?
- Arsenal's final-ever game at Highbury was a 4-2 win over Wigan in 2006 and featured a hat-trick from Thierry Henry, who scored more goals at the stadium than any other player (137)
- Arsenal qualified for the UEFA Cup on the final day of the 1995/96 season with a 2-1 home win over Bolton. The goals came from the big two summer signings - Dennis Bergkamp and David Platt
- Aston Villa won the Division One championship at Highbury on the final day of the 1980/81 season - but Arsenal won the game 2-0
- Arsenal's all-time record 49-game unbeaten run began on the last home game of the 2002/03 season with a 6-1 home win over Southampton
- That game against Southampton was the last time two Arsenal players scored hat-tricks in the same match (Pires and Pennant)
- Last season's defeat to Aston Villa was the first time Arsenal had lost the final home game of the season since 1997
- During the Premier League era (including this season), Arsenal have finished their season at home eight times (40 per cent), and away 12 times (60 per cent)
- Since 2000, Arsenal's final home matches of the season have averaged 4.5 goals per game
- Arsenal's record for the final home game of the season under Arsène Wenger is: P15, W11, D2, L2, F44, A16
|1996/97||Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle|
|1997/98||Arsenal 4-0 Everton|
|1998/99||Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa|
|1999/00||Arsenal 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday|
|2000/01||Arsenal 2-1 Leeds|
|2001/02||Arsenal 4-3 Everton|
|2002/03||Arsenal 6-1 Southampton|
|2003/04||Arsenal 2-1 Leicester|
|2004/05||Arsenal 7-0 Everton|
|2005/06||Arsenal 4-2 Wigan|
|2006/07||Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea|
|2007/08||Arsenal 1-0 Everton|
|2008/09||Arsenal 4-1 Stoke|
|2009/10||Arsenal 4-0 Fulham|
|2010/11||Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa|