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Manchester United


Premier League
Old Trafford
March 14, 1998

Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford will indicate much but decide little this season. However if want an example of the psychological effect that defeat to a title rival can have then you only need to go back to the same fixture in 1998.

Arsenal’s victory that day still left them six points off leaders Manchester United with two months of the season left to play. The crucial factor was that Arsène Wenger’s side still had three games in hand and, for the first time, could decide their own destiny.

Marc Overmars’ goal in the 79th minute not only broke down Manchester United’s defence that day, it broke their hearts for the rest of the campaign. Arsenal ended up winning the title with two games to spare.

Perhaps the iconic picture from that game is Overmars poking the ball through the legs of Peter Schmeichel however we have gone for one demonstrating the strength Arsenal showed at the back that day.

This game came in the middle of a run of eight clean sheets for Alex Manninger, who was deputising for David Seaman. It shows that no side wins the Premier League title without a sound defence. Nigel Winterburn and Tony Adams, two of the 'Famous Five' backline, are also pictured here.

Arsenal: Manninger; Dixon, Keown, Adams, Winterburn; Parlour (Garde), Petit, Vieira, Overmars, Wreh (Anelka), Bergkamp.

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27 Aug 2009