“Not just now. Arsenal have been funny ever since.”
1NEWS – The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United in the late 1990s and early 2000s was arguably the greatest in Premier League history.
For a number of years, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been two of the best teams in England and if the two had met then it would have been a high-tension game that was a delight to watch.
Some of the best memories of that era include the clash of Patrick Vieira versus Roy Keane, the last-minute penalty that Ruud van Nistelrooy missed and Wayne Rooney’s goal that ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run.
Those are just three examples and if we tried and name all the moments from what used to be the biggest game of English football then the list would be very long.
Instead, we will focus on one particular moment from the classic game between Wenger’s Arsenal and Ferguson’s United.
That match came in February 2005, when the Reds Devils traveled to Arsenal’s old home at Highbury Stadium and came away with a 4-2 win.
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It was the match we mentioned earlier with tensions ranging from Mikael Silvestre’s red card to Cristiano Ronaldo’s two brilliant goals early in the second half in just four minutes.
But none of those moments can compare to the way John O’Shea and Paul Scholes humiliated Arsenal with such a neat, measured and beautiful partnership.
The collaboration felt even more painful for Arsenal because at the end of the match the Reds Devils secured victory with only 10 players remaining.
Scholes picked up the ball near the halfway line after a strike from Gabriel Heinze and instead of playing pragmatically he produced a perfect first pass towards O’Shea.
The Irish defender then picked up the ball and overcame an Arsenal player, then the ball was turned over and he chipped the ball over Jens Lehmann’s head in the same classy fashion for a world class striker and it put United 4-2 up and secured the three points.
Take a look at one of the iconic Premier League goals below:
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A goal that United fans will always remember. On the other hand, it’s a pain for Arsenal fans.
O’Shea’s beautiful shot into the back of Lehmann’s goal ended Arsenal’s unbeaten home record that season.
In those years beating Arsenal was a pretty good achievement. A season where Arsenal are still consistently in the top four
But at the moment, beating Arsenal at home and away looks very easy even for a promoted club like Brentford.
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