Arsenal memories....France 0 Arsenal 2! 1989

This week in…1989 Arsenal beat Michel Platini's France side 2-0 at Highbury in a friendly. Substitute Martin Hayes, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, pounced on Paul Merson s sliced shot to give Arsenal the lead and another sub, Perry Groves

This week in...1989

Arsenal beat Michel Platini's France side 2-0 at Highbury in a friendly.

Substitute Martin Hayes, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, pounced on Paul Merson's sliced shot to give Arsenal the lead and another sub, Perry Groves, set up the second when he crossed for Alan Smith to deftly head past France goalkeeper Joel Bats.

A charitable George Graham said: "France are still bedding down, whereas my players have been operating as a team for maybe two years now."


You may also want to watch:


Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein added: "This was a platform for a speedy return to continental football and a chance to judge how our side has matured against European opposition.''

Platini was impressed with the English: "David Rocastle and Brian Marwood are exceptionally good, technical players.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter