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GUNNERS YEARS: Merson hat trick extends unbeaten run to 13 games

PUBLISHED: 19:19 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 07 September 2010

1992: Paul Merson scores his first hat trick for the club in Arsenal s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace at Highbury, extending their unbeaten league run to 13 games. They have scored 30 times since losing at Liverpool in January, picking up 29 points in the pr

1992:

Paul Merson scores his first hat trick for the club in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Crystal Palace at Highbury, extending their unbeaten league run to 13 games. They have scored 30 times since losing at Liverpool in January, picking up 29 points in the process.

The club confirm David O'Leary was left out of the game after he received death threats from an Irish republican splinter group.

Aston Villa are weighing up a bid for Alan Smith after the striker stalls on contract talks after being left out of the last five games.

He says: "I have to play first-team football. Not being in the team is not doing my England chances any good. The European championship is getting closer and I really do want to go.''

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