ARSENAL 2-1 WIGAN
February 11, 2007
Today's FreezeFrame takes us back to Arsenal's first season at their new home.
Unsurprisingly, Arsène Wenger's players took time to find their feet after swapping the old comforts of Higbury for the state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium with a fair number of points dropped at the back end of 2006.
But 2007 started brightly and continued in the same vein with Arsenal unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions - a run that included a late turnaround against Manchester United plus nine goals in two domestic cup wins at Liverpool.
Wigan's visit would extend that run to 10, but the Latics could - and perhaps should - have caused a shock.
Denny Landzaat produced a first-half bolt from the blue that flashed past Jens Lehmann and suddenly Arsenal were left chasing a game they had largely controlled.
Time ebbed away and with ten minutes left Wenger's side needed a repeat of that United game when Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry scored late to turned the game on its head.
That's exactly what happened.
Fitz Hall was the fall guy, putting past his own keeper to level the scores. And Tomas Rosicky popped up five minutes from time with a rare goal to snatch all three points.
Arsenal went on to finish fourth behind champions Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool - but ahead of Tottenham. As for Wigan, they survived by the skin of their teeth.
Our FreezeFrame image shows Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor converging on Hall as he beats Chris Kirkland and kick-start the turnaround.
Arsenal team: Lehmann, Hoyte (Flamini, 67), Toure, Djourou (Adebayor, 51), Clichy, Gilberto, Baptista, Fabregas, Walcott (Aliadiere, 67), Rosicky, Henry. Subs not used: Almunia, Denilson.
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