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Hull shocker recalls five of Arsenal's darkest days at home

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 September 2010

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 27:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal signals the ball crossing the line as Paul McShane of Hull City scores an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on September 27, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 27: Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal signals the ball crossing the line as Paul McShane of Hull City scores an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at the Emirates Stadium on September 27, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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The Champions League routing of Porto was an instant cure for Arsenal s Hull City hangover, but it will be remembered by die-hard Gooners as one of their blackest days. Here JEM MAIDMENT looks back at five unexpected home defeats, stretching back more tha

The Champions League routing of Porto was an instant cure for Arsenal's Hull City hangover, but it will be remembered by die-hard Gooners as one of their blackest days. Here JEM MAIDMENT looks back at five unexpected home defeats, stretching back more than 30 years.

1976 Arsenal 0-1 Bristol City, Division One

Optimism was sky-high after the summer signing of Newcastle's prolific striker Malcolm Macdonald for £333,333 with a bumper crowd of 41,000 flocking to Highbury. But newly-promoted City - returning to the top-flight after a 65 year absence - earned both points courtesy of a Paul Cheesley header 20 minutes after the break to secure a famous win.

1983-84 Arsenal 1-2 Walsall, Milk Cup

It was 50 years after tiny Walsall had beaten Herbert Chapman's Gunners 2-0 in the FA Cup. Surely lightning could not strike twice - but it did. The third division outfit edged through by the odd goal in three and boss Terry Neill was sacked a few days later.

1990-91 Arsenal 2-6 Manchester United, Rumbelows Cup

Four months into the season and the Gunners had yet to concede a home goal - and had let in only two in the previous nine in all competitions. But Clayton Blackmore's first minute free kick flew past David Seaman and the irresistible Lee Sharpe struck a hat-trick as the Gunners were on the end of their biggest Highbury beating for 69 years.

1991-92 Arsenal 1-3 Benfica, European Cup

After a 6-1 win over Austria Vienna in the previous round, Arsenal were installed as joint favourites for the European Cup alongside AC Milan. But the Portuguese took the game to extra time and despite a Gunners onslaught - they hit the woodwork three times in added time - stunned the hosts with two late goals.

2007 Arsenal 0-1 West Ham, Premier League

The relegation-haunted Hammers survived a frenzied spell of attacking from the hosts before netting the only goal of the game after the break when Bobby Zamora ran through and lobbed Jens Lehmann. It was Arsenal's first defeat at their new home.

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