Flashback: Standard Liege 0-7 Arsenal, 1993
Tony Adams scores our third against Standard Liege
Standard Liege 0-7 Arsenal
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Second Round 2nd Leg. November 3, 1993.
Arsenal scorers: Smith 3, Selley 21, Adams 37, Campbell 41, 79, Merson 71, McGoldrick 81.
(Arsenal win 10-0 on aggregate)
Beating any team 7-0 is impressive; doing it without your chief striker even more so.
Ian Wright - one booking away from a suspension - was omitted from George Graham's line-up but the manager's gamble paid off as Paul Merson, Kevin Campbell and Alan Smith swarmed all over Standard Liege.
Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Arsenal put the tie to bed inside three minutes when Smith converted Merson's cross. Ian Selley fired in his first goal for the club 18 minutes later and a goal apiece from Tony Adams and Campbell left Liege in tatters before half-time.
Adams scored from close range after Jacques Munaron parried a Campbell header; the latter got his goal four minutes later after a free-kick from David Seaman caused havoc in the Belgians' defence.
Eddie McGoldrick entered the fray at half-time and he set up Merson and Campbell for further goals before adding the icing to Arsenal's cake nine minutes from time. The Republic of Ireland international slammed a shot in off the crossbar after a fine solo run.
"It was a breathtaking performance, especially by the three lads up front," said Graham afterwards. "Every time we went forward it looked like we would score.
"If it had gone wrong and we had lost 4-0 no doubt I would have been crucified for leaving Ian [Wright] out but there was never much danger of that, was there?"
Arsenal Seaman; Dixon, Winterburn, Davis, Keown (Bould, 82), Adams, Jensen, Selley, Smith (McGoldrick, 45), Merson, Campbell.
Standard Liege Munaron; Genaux, Leonard, Soudan, Cruz, Pister, Hellers, Asselman, Goossens, Van Rooy, Wilmots.
Referee K Natri (Finland)
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