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Double Double – Wenger does it again

Story Highlights
  • The Climactic 2001/02 Title Race
  • Triumph in the FA Cup Final
  • Victory Despite Absence of Key Players
  • Celebrations Unleashed

The Climactic 2001/02 Title Race

The 2001/02 title race was an epic battle with twists and turns. Yet, Arsenal proved their superiority by clinching victory in the final 13 Premiership fixtures, outdoing rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.

Despite the high-stakes competition, few begrudged Arsène Wenger’s side their success. Arsenal had infused the Premiership with their dynamic quick-passing game, managing to score in every single league game on their journey to the title—a testament to Wenger’s attacking ethos.

Triumph in the FA Cup Final

Interestingly, the FA Cup Final occurred before the Premiership season’s climax. Arsenal triumphed over Chelsea with a 2-0 victory, with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg. Arsenal went to Old Trafford four days later, buoyant and needing a single point to complete the Club’s third Double.

The omens were indeed promising—Wenger’s team hadn’t lost a game on their travels in the Premiership that season, and they had an undefeated record in their new gold away kit.

Victory Despite Absence of Key Players

Despite missing key players like Tony Adams, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Player of the Year Robert Pires, Arsenal dominated the game. The much-anticipated breakthrough came 12 minutes into the second half.

Parlour wrested possession and passed to Ljungberg, who penetrated the penalty area and launched a low shot at the goal. Fabien Barthez managed to dodge, but Wiltord, often overshadowed by his fellow Frenchman Henry, seized the rebound and scored. This goal, sealing Arsenal’s Double, guaranteed Wiltord a unique place in Arsenal’s history.

Celebrations Unleashed

When Wiltord’s shot found the net, wild celebrations erupted in north London pubs where Arsenal fans gathered around big screens. A ‘Champions Section’ banner was prominently displayed at Old Trafford’s away end. When the final whistle blew, the Gunners in their gold shirts sprinted toward their fans, reveling in one of the proudest moments in the Club’s illustrious history.

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