Hull shocker recalls five of Arsenal's darkest days at home
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 September 2010
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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.