Best Unpredictable Arsenal Wins Of All Time

As London’s most successful club, Arsenal have enjoyed a glorious history. Sometimes, however, the results are as surprising as they are unpredictable. Here are some of Arsenal’s most unpredictable wins ever.

25 November 2003: Inter 1-5 Arsenal


Even with Thierry Henry at the peak of his powers, nobody predicted this resounding win. The illustrious Italian giants, Inter Milan at the San Siro, a historic footballing arena; a draw would have been a good result.

On that Champions League night in 2003, Arsenal were out of the Champions League if they lost. Inter triumphed 3-0 at Highbury two months earlier and were favourites to win. Instead, Arsenal put injuries aside, rallied and staged one of the greatest nights in the club’s history.

A great night for Arsenal saw them inflict Inter’s heaviest home defeat in 47 years of European football. Henry got the ball rolling with a goal in the 25th minute, which was levelled out before half-time by Christian Vieri. Freddie Ljungberg restored the advantage for the away team not long after the break, and Henry added a third five minutes from time. This game was so unpredictable that even with mere minutes to spare, the result couldn’t be called as there was more for Arsenal’s fans to enjoy yet. Edu and Robert Pires, on as a substitute, added four and five respectively.

26th May 1989: Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal


Football doesn’t get more dramatic than it did that night at Anfield in 1989.

Liverpool, English football’s dominant force, were looking to secure a double in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The Gunners went one up in controversial style after Alan Smith may, or may not, have glanced in an indirect free kick from left-back Nigel Winterburn. Either way, the game stood and, with manager George Graham’s tactics being built on a mean defence and one nil breakaway football, the league title’s eventual destination looked far from certain.

And, sure enough, with the last kick of the season, the unpredictable happened. Arsenal found themselves at themselves at ready for one last spin of the wheel. Goalkeeper John Lukic threw the ball to Lee Dixon who in turn found Smith who played the ball through to Michael Thomas. The ball took a lucky bounce that left Thomas baring down on goal and, with Liverpool defenders swarming, the midfielder flicked the ball over Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar for the 0-2 win that the gods had demanded. Arsenal were title winners and Michael Thomas went on to join Liverpool just 18 months later.

1st May 1953: Arsenal 3 – 2 Burnley


Anfield ’89 is considered as the most dramatic end to a title race but 1952/53 was equally hectic. The last match of that season wasn’t a heads-up fight between two sides like in 89, but Arsenal just nicked the Division One crown from Preston by the skin of their teeth, or to be more precise, by a goal average of 0.099 of a goal. Tom Whittaker’s Gunners team would have avoided the photo finish had they not lost 2-0 to Preston, who had tied level on points with Arsenal having one game remaining against Burnley.

With Preston winning their final game the night before, nothing short of a Gunners’ victory would suffice. Things did not look good three minutes in after Joe Mercer scored an own goal to give Burnley the lead before goals from Jimmy Logie, Alex Forbes and Doug Lishman sent the Gunners roaring into the lead Then, the Clarets pulled a goal back leaving a desperate Arsenal holding on before their superior goal average saw them crowned as champions, just.

21st February 2006: Real Madrid 0-1 Arsenal


In February 2006, Arsenal did the unthinkable by becoming the first English side to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Plagued by injuries, Arsenal were worthy 1 – 0 winners in one of the most daunting stadiums, against the most decorated club in Europe.

The Gunners made the final, losing to Barcelona. A year later, the Catalans bought the team’s star player, Frenchman Thierry Henry. It was Henry who scored the winner here, too. Seizing on Ronaldo’s sloppy control, Henry slalomed into the box. A world-class striker, Henry provided the expected finish rifling the ball across Iker Casillas into the far bottom corner.

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