ARSENAL IN 2000: Penalty misses hand Uefa Cup to Galatasaray

The noughties has been one of the most significant decades in Arsenal s history. It ushered in a new home, it saw the Invincibles conquer all, and it brought Arsenal their first ever Champions League final. Jem Maidment looks back on an ev

ARSENAL 2000:

The noughties has been one of the most significant decades in Arsenal's history. It ushered in a new home, it saw the Invincibles conquer all, and it brought Arsenal their first ever Champions League final.

Jem Maidment looks back on an eventful ten years.

A rampant Arsenal blitzed their way to the Uefa Cup final - their third European final in six seasons - after some stunning wins (5-1 at home to Deportivo La Coruna, 4-2 at Werder Bremen) en route.

In Copenhagen they met Galatasaray but the game ended goalless after Gheorghe Hagi was sent off for the Turks. In the resulting shoot-out, Davor Suker and Patrick Vieira both missed from the spot as the cup headed to Istanbul.

"We've lost three penalty shoot-outs this season and it is starting to become a little too much," sighed Arsene Wenger.

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Elsewhere in the Danish capital, Galatasaray hooligans ran amok as clashes marred the occasion before and after the game. In the league, a nine-match winning streak saw Arsenal pip a stuttering Liverpool to runners up spot - and a place in next season's Champions League.

Don Howe's Gunners crushed Coventry 5-1 to win the FA Youth Cup.