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Portsmouth

Arsenal

PORTSMOUTH 0-1 ARSENAL
Premier League
Fratton Park
December 19, 2004

Arsenal paid a December visit to Fratton Park five seasons ago and emerged with all three points - thanks to an unlikely matchwinner.

A goalless draw seemed the most likeliest outcome with 15 minutes left when Sol Campbell, often a threat from close range but rarely a danger from long range, lashed home a 25-yard shot.

It was a stunning way to win a humdrum match which could have gone either way.

Pompey had matched Arsenal for long periods but Ricardo Fuller, now at Stoke, squandered their two best chances. At the other end Thierry Henry threatened to break the deadlock but was denied by defender Linvoy Primus and keeper Jamie Ashdown.

Never mind. Campbell took matters into his own hands, striding purposefully onto a loose ball and advancing to fire it low into the bottom corner. It was some way to end Campbell's 16-month wait for a goal and it took Arsenal back to second in the table.

Arsenal team: Almunia, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cole, Pires, Flamini, Vieira, Clichy, Van Persie (Bergkamp 68), Henry. Subs not used: Lehmann, Fabregas, Senderos, Hoyte

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