Manchester City


Premier League
February 1, 2004

Today's FreezeFrame takes us back to 2004 - just one more game without defeat in a glorious Arsenal campaign.

Arsenal were going well when Manchester City visited Highbury in February, without defeat from their opening 22 Premier League matches but still in second place after a spate of draws.

That said, Arsène Wenger's side headed into the clash with a game in hand over leaders Manchester United and victory would send the Gunners back to the top of the pile. 

Arsenal may have been strong at the sharp end of the field but it was at the back where few opponents had found joy. Kolo Toure and Sol Campbell had quickly established a fearsome partnership at the back, while the two full backs, Ashley Cole and Lauren, were a match for any in the division.

City, with the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Trevor Sinclair among their ranks, had made a stuttering start to their league campaign.

And like those before and after them, Kevin Keegan's side were powerless to topple Arsenal's Invincibles.

Michael Tarnat's own goal five minutes before half time put the hosts ahead in torrential rain after a sweeping move upfield forced the German into an error.

Highbury was granted its first glimpse of new signing Jose Antonio Reyes in the second half, but the young Spaniard was to be denied a dream debut after fine work from David James.

But the hosts did cap a perfect afternoon when Thierry Henry fired a second seven minutes before time - in style. Nobody was surprised when the mercurial Frenchman curled home a wonderful 25-yard effort past a helpless James.

There was time for late drama, however, as former Arsenal striker Anelka grabbed a lifeline for City in the dying moments. It was short-lived, however, and the French international was shown his marching orders after a melee in the aftermath of his goal.


Our FreezeFrame captures the moment when Tarnat prodded Arsenal ahead under pressure from Freddie Ljungberg.

Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cole, Gilberto, Parlour, Pires (Cygan 84), Ljungberg (Edu 59), Bergkamp (Reyes 69), Henry. Subs not used: Stack, Bentley. 

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