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Stoke City

Division One
August 29, 1981

Arsenal have a solid home record against Stoke City but, as our latest FreezeFrame demonstrates, the Potters are capable of springing a surprise in north London.

Sunday's opponents travelled to Highbury on the opening day of the 1981/82 campaign and left with all three points thanks largely to the contribution of Lee Chapman.

The tall frontman gave David O'Leary and Willie Young a tough afternoon and Chapman's display helped convince manager Terry Neill to sign him for Arsenal the following summer.

It didn't work out: Chapman scored just three times in 14 league appearances in his first season with the Gunners and never fulfilled his potential at Highbury.

However he was the man of the moment on August 29, 1981 and our FreezeFrame image shows Chapman challlenging for the ball with the man who would become Arsenal's record appearance maker, David O'Leary.

The Gunners recovered from a poor start to the campaign to finish fifth and qualify for the Uefa Cup, although they were a distant 16 points behind champions Liverpool.

The main problem was a lack of goals: Neill's side managed just 48 in 42 Division One fixtures with Alan Sunderland - who scored the winner at Stoke later that season - leading the way with 11.

Chapman was supposed to solve Arsenal's problem in front of goal. But he rarely played as well for Arsenal as he did against them.

Arsenal team: Jennings, Devine (Vaessen), Sansom, Talbot, O'Leary, Young, Davis, Sunderland, McDermott, P Nicholas, Rix

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20 Oct 2011