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
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.