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Thomas strike seals title at Anfield

Story Highlights
  • Arsenal's Last Minute Title Win 1989
  • George Graham's Strategy in 1989 Championship
  • Michael Thomas Decisive Goal against Liverpool
  • Arsenal's Championship Return After 18 Years
  • The Role of Alan Smith in Arsenal's 1989 Victory
  • The Impact of Arsenal's Two-Goal Win at Anfield

Game Date: Friday, May 26, 1989

Venue: Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium

Line-up:

Arsenal squad: John Lukic, David O’Leary, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn, Michael Thomas, David Rocca Stell, Kevin Richardson, Paul Merson, Alan Smith. Coach: George Graham.

Liverpool: Bruce Grombral, Gary Abright, Steve Nicol, Alan Hansen, Steve Stanton, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan, Steve · McMahon, John Barnes, John Aldridge, Ian Rush. Substitute not used: Barry Venison. Coach: Kenny Dalglish.

Key events:

Arsenal’s Nigel Winterburn put his side ahead in the 52nd minute with a free-kick deftly directed into the net by Alan Smith.

Although Arsenal were leading for most of the game, they had to win by two goals to claim the title.

In the 90th minute, Michael Thomas scored the game’s decisive goal. This goal allowed Arsenal to win the game by two goals and the Premier League title of the season.

The end of the match was undoubtedly one of the most emotional moments in Premier League history, marking Arsenal’s return to the Premier League podium after 18 years. It was also a pinnacle moment in George Graham’s coaching career. He helped Arsenal complete the title race at the last minute through careful strategy and player efforts.

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