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‘When I knew we’d win my first title'

It was one of the Premier League’s most captivating title races, and Arsene Wenger can recall the exact moment he knew we would win the division in 1997/98.

By the end of February we were nine points behind leaders Manchester United, but an incredible end-of-season run-in saw us clinch the trophy after a record 10 consecutive victories.

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'I will always remember that goal'

“It was big,” Wenger said. “The title which meant the most was in 1997/98. I realised that we would win the title slowly, when we won at Manchester United.

“The strange night was when we won at Wimbledon, the game which was interrupted because of the lights. It was that night because we didn’t play well but we still won 1-0. Christopher Wreh scored the goal and I thought, ‘We have won, we are not far away from Manchester now. If we win there, we have a chance’.

“I remember [Sir Alex Ferguson saying Arsenal would struggle to catch up] but we won there. That made the difference, and it was Marc Overmars in the end, running onto one of the few headers that Dennis Bergkamp actually won!”

 

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