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ARSENAL IN 2002: Records shattered as Gunners clinch historic double

PUBLISHED: 15:04 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 07 September 2010

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

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.

2002:

A momentous year as Arsenal won their third Double, scoring in all 38 league matches, winning eight successive away matches and going unbeaten away from Highbury for the entire campaign - the first side to do so for more than a century.

The title was clinched with a 1-0 win at Manchester United. "Arsenal are worthy champions without question," admitted Sir Alex Ferguson.

Four days earlier the FA Cup had been won with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea, Ray Parlour and Ljungberg scoring the goals. Tony Adams retired after 19 years at the club and celebrated with a second testimonial against Celtic at a sold out Highbury.

In September Gilberto - who had netted the winner on his debut in the Community Shield - scored the quickest goal in Champions League history after 20.07 secs in a 4-0 win at PSV. Four days later Arsenal set a new domestic record, scoring in 47 consecutive games with a 4-1 win at Leeds.

But a 24-game unbeaten run ends at Everton when a 16-year-old unknown scores a late winner. His name... Wayne Rooney.


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