Wrexham v Arsenal was a football match played on 4 January 1992 at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. The match was an FA Cup Third Round tie played between Fourth Division side Wrexham and First Division Arsenal, who had been crowned Champions the previous season. Wrexham came from behind to win 2-1 with both Wrexham goals scored in the final 8 minutes of the match and just 2 minutes apart. The match has been described as one of the greatest FA Cup giant-killings of all time.
Arsenal were reigning champions of England after winning the title in 1990-91, having lost only one league game that season, whereas Wrexham had finished bottom of the entire Football League the previous season. Wrexham would have been relegated to the Football Conference as they had finished bottom of the Fourth Division, but the Football League announced that there would be no demotion from their lowest division as Aldershot would be expelled at the end of the season.
Wrexham had made it to the third round after beating Winsford United 5-2 in the first round and Telford 1-0 in the second round. As a first Division side, Arsenal entered at the third round stage. Arsenal's side contained seven England internationals in their starting line up and little chance was given to the Welsh side's chances of progression to the fourth round.
Arsenal got the game underway and had the first corner of the match. Arsenal commanded the first half with plenty of possession and chances in front of goal, despite their dominance, Arsenal went into half-time with a slender 1-0 lead after Alan Smith had slid in to meet Paul Merson's cross two minutes before half time. Graham's long ball tactics still saw chances, as Nigel Winterburn hit the bar and Kevin Campbell had a shot blocked by Vince O'Keefe, but the Gunners struggled for creativity. In the 82 minute Wrexham received a free-kick, having faked to take it quickly, Mickey Thomas lined up the shot and it was a goal as soon as it left his boot; arrowing into the top corner past a despairing David Seaman. The goalkeeper had got fingertips from his right-hand to the effort, but not enough to stop it flying in. Riding on the crest of a wave following the equalizer, Wrexham snatched a second within two minutes as Davies latched onto a ball over the top and, instead of volleying an effort on goal, squared for 20-year-old top scorer Steve Watkin to hook the ball into the net as Tony Adams missed his chance to clear to make the score was 2-1 with five minutes left. Arsenal had the ball in the net in the final minutes from Jimmy Carter before it was ruled out for an offside decision, the final whistle was blown moments later and sparked a pitch invasion from the joyous home fans.
In a 2004 article with The Independent, staunch West Brom fan, Adrian Chiles stated he was at the match with friend and Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law. He said of the match,"One of the better decisions of my football-watching career. And it's a funny thing that although I support another club, being in the Kop there that day is one of my favourite football memories". A 2013 ESPN vote had Wrexham v Arsenal as the biggest ever Cup upset with 48.01% of the vote in the Welsh sides favour. With Sutton defeating Coventry in second with 40.25% of the vote.