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Wolverhampton Wanderers


FA Cup Semi-Final
Villa Park
April 5, 1998
Arsenal and Wolves have crossed swords on six occasions since Arsène Wenger took charge at Highbury and they have won every time.

The most famous of those victories is surely the first one. Just 18 months after he was greeted by the headline 'Arsène Who?', the Frenchman left his stamp on the English game with a League and Cup double in his first full season.

Wolves provided a tricky obstacle in the Semi-Final of the FA Cup but a 12th-minute goal from Chris Wreh - remember him? - was enough to see Arsenal through to Wembley.

Our FreezeFrame shows two of the pivotal figures behind that Double. Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira, challenging Paul Simpson in our picture, were paired by Wenger at the start of the 1997/98 campaign and developed one of the Premier League's most imposing partnerships.

Indeed, Vieira created the only goal of the Semi-Final at Villa Park with a typically barnstorming run from midfield. The French star slipped the ball to Wreh and he did the rest. Five weeks later Arsenal would lift the FA Cup - and clinch the Double - by beating Newcastle at Wembley.

Arsenal: Seaman, Winterburn, Vieira, Adams, Anelka (Platt 83), Overmars, Wreh (Hughes 74), Keown (Bould 47), Parlour, Petit, Grimandi. Subs not used: Manninger, Boa Morte.

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