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Arsenal stun Parma in Copenhagen

Story Highlights
  • Arsenal 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
  • George Graham satisfying games Arsenal
  • Arsenal victory against Parma 1994
  • Alan Smith goal Parma 1994
  • Arsenal second European trophy
  • Arsenal's famous Back Four performance 1994

Game Date: Wednesday, May 4, 1994

Venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Key Events:

Arsenal faced off against a Parma side packed with individual talent, including Tomas Brolin, Faustino Asprilla, and Gianfranco Zola. Despite Parma being the red-hot favorites, it was Arsenal who overcame the odds.

In the 21st minute, a misjudged clearance from Lorenzo Minotti fell to Alan Smith at the edge of the area. Smith chested the ball down and volleyed it with his left foot, scoring the game’s only goal.

Arsenal, missing key players due to injuries and suspensions, defended valiantly. The famous Back Four – Lee Dixon, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, and Nigel Winterburn – performed outstandingly, with David Seaman pulling off world-class saves when called upon.

Despite their high-profile roster, Parma could not break through Arsenal’s defense. The game ended 1-0 for Arsenal, marking a stunning victory against the odds.

Line-up:

Arsenal squad: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Paul Davis, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, Kevin Campbell, Steve Morrow, Alan Smith, Paul Merson, Ian Selley. Coach: George Graham.

Parma: Luca Bucci, Antonio Benarrivo, Alberto Di Chiara, Lorenzo Minotti, Luigi Apolloni, Roberto Sensini, Tomas Brolin, Gabriele Pin, Massimo Crippa, Gianfranco Zola, Faustino Asprilla. Coach: Nevio Scala.

This match was one of manager George Graham’s most enjoyable games at Arsenal, the other being Anfield’s dramatic 1989 title win. The 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup Final victory was the club’s second European trophy, 24 years after lifting the Inter-City Fairs Cup at Highbury.

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