15. Highs and lows in European competition

Arsenal 2-5 Spartak Moscow - 1982

Highs and lows in European competition 1963-2004

Highbury has witnessed some fantastic European nights down the years.

It was 42 years ago when the famous ground first staged a European match. Staevnet from Denmark were the visitors for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup clash but Arsenal ended up on the losing side. The Gunners still progressed despite the 3-2 defeat having previously won the away leg 7-1.

It was only seven years later that the Gunners recorded their biggest ever home win any European competition.

Romania’s Dinamo Bacau were thrashed 7-1 by Bertie Mee’s side, again in the Fairs Cup. The Gunners were 2-0 up from the away leg and two apiece for Jon Sammels, John Radford and Charlie George, plus a solo effort from George Graham gave them a 9-1 aggregate win. 

Since 1998 Arsenal have participated in the modernised Champions League. Their biggest win the new competition came on December 7, 2004. Jose Antonio Reyes, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie all scored to give Arsenal a 5-1 win over Rosenborg.

European matches have not always ended in glory for Arsenal at Highbury. In 1982 the Gunners suffered their biggest-ever home defeat in European competition. Spartak Moscow came away 5-2 winners on the night in a UEFA Cup First Round clash and won the tie 8-4 on aggregate.

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