Division One
April 12, 1986

Today's FreezeFrame takes us back to the 1985/86 season, which proved to be a disappointing campaign for the Club.

Two defeats in the opening three league matches proved a portent of things to come for Don Howe's side, although by mid-October the Gunners had dragged their way up the table into fourth position.

However, defeats to Nottingham Forest and Everton checked their momentum and the side continued to struggle for consistency over Christmas and New Year.

Despite a run of four successive victories, Howe resigned in March 1986 and the Club had to wait until May to appoint his permanent successor - George Graham.

By the time Arsenal headed into this match, they had sunk to sixth in Division One and faced the prospect of playing arguably the strongest side in Everton's history and a team who had topped the table for some time.

Caretaker manager Steve Burtenshaw faced a major challenge, but despite his and his team's best efforts they slipped to a 1-0 defeat, courtesy of an Adrian Heath goal.

The Gunners' inconsistency plagued them for the rest of the season, as victories against Chelsea and Birmingham were negated by losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Oxford and they finished in seventh spot.

Today's FreezeFrame image shows Ian Allinson, Viv Anderson and Martin Keown in action during the match at Highbury.

Arsenal: Lukic, Anderson, Sansom, Allinson, Adams, Keown, Robson, Davis, Nicholas, Woodcock, Rix.

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21 Mar 2012