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Arsenal
1997–98 season
ChairmanPeter Hill-Wood
ManagerArsène Wenger
StadiumHighbury
FA Premier League1st
FA CupWinners
Football League CupSemi-finals
UEFA CupFirst round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Dennis Bergkamp (16)

All:
Dennis Bergkamp (22)
Highest home attendance38,269 vs Everton
(3 May 1998)
Lowest home attendance37,164 vs Crystal Palace (15 February 1998)
Average home league attendance37,277[1]

The 1997–98 season was the 100th season of competitive football played by Arsenal. Managed by Arsène Wenger in his first full season, the club ended the campaign winning the league championship for the first time in seven years. At Wembley Stadium, Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2–0 in the 1998 FA Cup Final to win the competition and complete a domestic double – the second in the club's history and the first since 1970–71. Arsenal exited the League Cup in the semi-finals to Chelsea and lost on aggregate score to PAOK in the UEFA Cup first round.

In the transfer window, Arsenal purchased several players, including midfielders Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit and goalkeeper Alex Manninger; English midfielder Paul Merson departed to join Middlesbrough. Arsenal began the league season relatively well, but a run of three defeats in four matches between November and December 1997 left the team in sixth position before Christmas, and seemingly out of championship contention. Although they were 12 points behind reigning champions Manchester United at the end of February, a winning streak of ten matches ensured Arsenal won the championship with a 4–0 win over Everton on 3 May 1998.

In recognition of the team's achievement, Wenger was awarded the Carling Manager of the Year award and striker Dennis Bergkamp was given the accolade of PFA Players' Player of the Year by his fellow peers and FWA Footballer of the Year by football writers.

Background[edit]

In the 1996–97 season, Arsenal contested in the Premier League. The club, having dismissed manager Bruce Rioch before the beginning of the league season, appointed French manager Arsène Wenger, in a contract worth £2 million.[2] Arsenal led the league table for much of November, but defeat to Nottingham Forest on 21 December 1996 concurred with no wins in December. Two draws and defeats in February moved Arsenal into fourth position; a previous defeat to Liverpool at home a month earlier left Wenger ruling the club out of the title race.[3] On the final day of the season, Arsenal beat Derby County 3–1 at the Baseball Ground, finishing third on goal difference. The team, thus, qualified for the UEFA Cup, missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification to second place Newcastle United.[4]

Transfers[edit]

The major departure of the 1997–98 season for Arsenal was midfielder Paul Merson, who joined Middlesbrough in a £4.5 million deal, replacing Juninho.[5] Wenger said of the move, "You are never happy to lose a player of his calibre but it is a good deal for him and for the club."[5] Middlesbrough intended to sign David Platt, but a move never came to fruition, as talks broke down between both parties.[6] Defender Matthew Rose and goalkeeper Lee Harper joined Queens Park Rangers for a combined fee of £750,000.

Arriving first during the summer was English defender Matthew Upson from Luton Town.[7] French midfielders Emmanuel Petit and Gilles Grimandi joined from Monaco, where they were protégées to Wenger.[8] Marc Overmars, a midfielder from Ajax, was recruited in a £7 million deal and spoke of his delight at joining Arsenal in his press conference: "I like English football because there is more space. With my speed and quality I think it will be good for me here."[9] Deals for midfielders Luís Boa Morte and Alberto Méndez striker Christopher Wreh and goalkeeper Alex Manninger were also finalised before August.

In[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Ref
20 DF Matthew Upson Luton Town £1.2M 10 May 1997 [10]
18 DF Gilles Grimandi Monaco £1.75M 4 June 1997 [10]
21 MF Luís Boa Morte Sporting CP £1.75M 14 June 1997 [10]
23 MF Alberto Méndez 1. SC Feucht £250,000 17 June 1997 [10]
11 MF Marc Overmars Ajax £7.0M 1 July 1997 [10]
17 MF Emmanuel Petit Monaco £3.5M 1 July 1997 [10]
13 GK Alex Manninger Grazer AK £1.0M 3 July 1997 [10]
12 FW Christopher Wreh Monaco £300,000 7 August 1997 [10]

Out[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Ref
31 DF Matthew Rose Queens Park Rangers £500,000 20 May 1997 [11]
29 MF Adrian Clarke Southend United Free 31 May 1997 [11]
9 MF Paul Merson Middlesbrough £4.5M 7 July 1997 [11]
26 GK Lee Harper Queens Park Rangers £250,000 9 July 1997 [11]
27 MF Paul Shaw Millwall £300,000 15 September 1997 [11]
22 MF Ian Selley Fulham £500,000 17 October 1997 [11]
29 MF Glenn Helder NAC Breda £150,000 24 October 1997 [11]
36 MF Jehad Muntasser Bristol City Free 30 January 1998 [12]

Pre-season[edit]

Key
8 July 1997 (1997-07-08) FriendlySt Albans City1–4ArsenalSt Albans
19:30 BST Martin Goal 73' Report Grimandi Goal 5'
Rankin Goal ?'
Shaw Goal ?'?'
12 July 1997 (1997-07-12) FriendlyLeyton Orient0–1ArsenalLondon
15:00 BST Report Shaw Goal 4' Stadium: Brisbane Road
20 July 1997 (1997-07-20) FriendlyStade Nyonnais Switzerland0–4ArsenalNyon
Report Boa Morte Goal 3'
Méndez Goal ?'
Overmars Goal ?'
Bergkamp Goal ?'
Attendance: 1,400[13]
25 July 1997 (1997-07-25) FriendlyStrasbourg France1–2ArsenalStrasbourg
20:00 CEST Zitelli Goal 38' Report Garde Goal 45'
Wright Goal 54'
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: M. Léon
30 July 1997 (1997-07-30) Nike Challenge CupPSV Netherlands1–0ArsenalEindhoven
19:30 CEST Iwan Goal 66' Report Stadium: Philips Stadion
Attendance: 15,000
2 August 1997 (1997-08-02) FriendlySittingbourne2–5ArsenalSittingbourne
Planck Goal 51'
Miller Goal 74'
Report Anelka Goal 10'43'
Boa Morte Goal 26'
Kiwomya Goal 45'
Hughes Goal 47'
Stadium: Central Park
Attendance: 3,349
4 August 1997 (1997-08-04) FriendlyNorwich City2–6ArsenalNorwich
19:45 BST Eadie Goal 64'
Adams Goal 89'
Report Wright Goal 6'28'58'
Grimandi Goal 15'46'
Bergkamp Goal 17'
Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 10,950

Premier League[edit]

August–October[edit]

Arsenal's league campaign started on 9 August 1997, with an away fixture at Leeds United. The match ended in a 1–1 draw; Ian Wright scored his first goal of the season, before a mix up in defence meant Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink equalised for the home team.[14] Two days later, at home to Coventry City, Wright scored both goals in Arsenal's 2–0 win, leaving the striker one goal away from equalling Cliff Bastin's club goalscoring record.[15] Two goals from Dennis Bergkamp and a debut goal by midfielder Marc Overmars, the following week helped Arsenal to win at Southampton.[16] In spite of Bergkamp scoring a hat-trick against Leicester City, Arsenal drew the match 3–3, having conceded a third in the sixth minute of stoppage time.[17] A further draw at home to rivals Tottenham Hotpsur, for whom defender Sol Campbell particularly impressed, meant Arsenal ended August in fifth position.[18]

Wright scored his 179th goal for Arsenal against Bolton Wanderers and broke the club goalscoring record with his first of three goals in a 4–1 win at Highbury. Manager Arsène Wenger praised the striker's achievement, adding "He is fantastic for the timing of his movement. It is so intelligent when he has not got the ball."[19] Arsenal faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 21 September 1997; at 2–2, a late goal by left back Nigel Winterburn from 25 yards ended the home team's resistance, who went down to ten men after Frank Leboeuf was sent off.[20] September ended with a third consecutive win, against West Ham United. Goals from Bergkamp, Wright and Overmars helped Arsenal move to the top of the league table, one point above champions Manchester United.[21] The month ended with a 2–2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park, Wright and Overmars scored the goals.[22] October began with a 5–0 win at home to promoted Barnsley, but two goalless draws – first at Crystal Palace and then to Aston Villa meant Manchester United moved a point ahead of Arsenal.[23]

November–February[edit]

Arsenal's first fixture of November was against Derby County at the newly built Pride Park Stadium. They were awarded a penalty kick in the first half after Patrick Vieira was fouled by Lee Carsley; Wright hit the penalty, which ricocheted off the goal crossbar. Two goals by Paulo Wanchope and a late strike by Dean Sturridge condemned Arsenal to their first defeat of the league season.[24] Arsenal played Manchester United on 9 November 1997 and needed a win to stay one point behind the league leaders. Wenger admitted in his pre-match comments that a second successive defeat would make it "difficult" for them to catch Manchester United, but not "impossible".[25] Striker Nicolas Anelka, standing in for Bergkamp, scored his first goal for Arsenal and Vieira added a second, leaving goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel rattled. Although Teddy Sheringham scored twice for Manchester United to level the score, midfielder David Platt headed into the far corner with seven minutes left of the match to score the winner for Arsenal.[26] Wenger said of the win: "This result is good for the English game because it will stimulate interest in the Premier League"[26] and opposing manager Alex Ferguson half agreed: "A one-horse race is not good for the game."[26] Arsenal failed to capitalise on the result, losing to Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool, in a period where the team were depleted due to injuries.[27]

A goal from Wright against Newcastle United, his first in seven matches, was enough to earn victory away at St James' Park.[28] Arsenal lost 1–3 to Blackburn Rovers the following week, denting their chances of closing the gap on leaders Manchester United.[29] The match was overshadowed by Wright being booed off by supporters because of his performance, who responded by appearing "at the window of the east stand clad in vest and underpants haranguing the crowd."[30] Arsenal began the Christmas period with a fixture against Wimbledon; the game was abandoned by referee Dermot Gallagher due to floodlight failure and rescheduled for a later date.[31] On Boxing Day, an own goal by Steve Walsh helped Arsenal beat Leicester City 2–1 at Highbury.[32] A draw at Tottenham Hotspur, who were welcoming the return of Jürgen Klinsmann left Arsenal in sixth at the end of the calendar year, 12 points behind Manchester United.[33]

In the first league match of 1998, Overmars scored twice to earn Arsenal a win against Leeds United.[34] A week later the team drew 2–2 at Coventry City, losing more ground at the top of the table.[35] January came to a conclusion with a 3–0 victory over Southampton, with all three goals scored in the space of seven minutes.[36] A further two wins in February, at home to Chelsea and Crystal Palace, moved Arsenal into second place, nine points behind Manchester United, albeit having played two games less.[37]

March–May[edit]

Arsenal dropped two points against West Ham United on 2 March 1998, after a goalless draw at Upton Park.[38] The following match, they closed the gap to six points, after Manchester United could also only manage to draw against West Ham but dropped to third position. A goal from Christopher Wreh in the rescheduled match at Wimbledon was enough to move Arsenal into second and set up a title clash between themselves and Manchester United on 14 March 1998.[39] The result moreover reopened betting after Manchester bookmaker Fred Done decided to pay out on punters who backed Manchester United.[40] After numerous attempts to break the deadlock in the match, Arsenal scored with 15 minutes left of the match; Overmars latched onto a header by Anelka and managed to flick the ball beyond the goalkeeper.[41] When asked which team was in the best position going into the final games of the season, Wenger told Sky Sports that United had a "small advantage" over the rest; Ferguson however warned that it would be "inevitable" for Arsenal to drop points.[42][43] Two 1–0 wins, first at home to Sheffield Wednesday and then Bolton Wanderers meant Arsenal kept an eighth successive clean sheet, a new league record.[44]

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 3–1 to move within four points of Manchester United in early April. The return of Bergkamp from a three-match suspension helped Arsenal to trounce Blackburn Rovers; the team scored three goals in the space of the opening 14 minutes.[45] Manchester United's failure to beat Newcastle United meant Arsenal went top of the league table after beating Wimbledon by five goals to nil. Victory against Barnsley and four days later at home against Derby County meant Arsenal needed one more win become league champions, regardless of Manchester United's results.[46] Although Bergkamp was ruled out for the remainder of the season having sustained an injury against Derby, Arsenal eased to a 4–0 win against Everton – the last goal scored by club captain Tony Adams to become the first club other than Manchester United or Blackburn Rovers to win the Premier League.[47] A run of ten straight victories – a new record, was set, and Wenger became the first non-British manager to lead a team to win the league championship. Arsenal lost their final two matches of the league season, choosing to rest players for the upcoming FA Cup Final.[48]

Match results[edit]

9 August 1997 (1997-08-09) 1Leeds United1–1ArsenalLeeds
15:00 BST Hasselbaink Goal 42'
Bowyer Yellow card
Report Wright Goal 35'
Garde Yellow card
Grimandi Yellow card
Vieira Yellow card
Petit Yellow card 71'
Stadium: Elland Road
Attendance: 37,993
Referee: Dermot Gallagher (Oxfordshire)
11 August 1997 (1997-08-11) 2Arsenal2–0Coventry CityLondon
20:00 BST Wright Goal 29'47'
Garde Yellow card
Report Shaw Yellow card
Williams Yellow card
Telfer Yellow card
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,324
Referee: Keith Burge (Rhondda)
23 August 1997 (1997-08-23) 3Southampton1–3ArsenalSouthampton
15:00 BST Maddison Goal 25'
Monkou Yellow card
Report Overmars Goal 20'
Bould Yellow card
Bergkamp Goal 57'79' Yellow card
Wright Yellow card
Stadium: The Dell
Attendance: 15,246
Referee: David Elleray (London)
27 August 1997 4Leicester City3–3ArsenalLeicester
20:00 BST Heskey Goal 84'
Elliott Yellow cardGoal 90'
Walsh Goal 90'
Kaamark Yellow card
Lennon Yellow card
Prior Yellow card
Report Goal 9'61'90' Yellow card Bergkamp
Yellow card Bould
Yellow card Parlour
Stadium: Filbert Street
Attendance: 21,089
30 August 1997 5Arsenal0–0Tottenham HotspurLondon
15:00 BST Bergkamp Yellow card
Bould Yellow card
Wright Yellow card
Report Yellow card Campbell
Yellow card Carr
Yellow card Dominguez
Red card 44' Edinburgh
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,102
13 September 1997 6Arsenal4–1Bolton WanderersLondon
15:00 BST Wright Goal 20'25'81'
Parlour Goal 44'
Vieira Yellow card
Report Goal 13' Thompson
Yellow card Taggart
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,138
21 September 1997 7Chelsea2–3ArsenalLondon
16:00 BST Poyet Goal 40'
Zola Goal 60'
Wise Yellow card
Leboeuf Red card 67'
Report Goal 45'59' Yellow card Bergkamp
Goal 89' Winterburn
Yellow card Bould
Yellow card Grimandi
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 33,102
24 September 1997 8Arsenal4–0West Ham UnitedLondon
20:00 BST Bergkamp Goal 12'
Overmars Goal 39'45'
Wright Goal 42' (pen.)
Report Yellow card Dowie
Yellow card Lampard
Yellow card Lomas
Yellow card Unsworth
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,102
27 September 1997 9Everton2–2ArsenalLiverpool
19:45 Ball Goal 49'
Cadamarteri Goal 56'
Report Goal 32' Wright
Goal 41' Overmars
Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 35,457
4 October 1997 10Arsenal5–0BarnsleyLondon
15:00 BST Bergkamp Goal 25'32'
Parlour Goal 45'
Platt Goal 63'
Wright Goal 76'
Report Yellow card Arjan de Zeeuw
Yellow card Thompson
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,049
18 October 1997 11Crystal Palace0–0ArsenalLondon
15:00 BST Linighan Yellow card Report Yellow card Bergkamp
Yellow card Boa Morte
Yellow card Grimandi
Yellow card Vieira
Yellow card Wright
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 26,180
26 October 1997 12Arsenal0–0Aston VillaLondon
16:00 GMT Bould Yellow card
Seaman Yellow card
Vieira Yellow card
Petit Red card 83'
Report Yellow card Southgate Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,061
1 November 1997 13Derby County3–0ArsenalDerby
15:00 GMT Wanchope Yellow card Goal 46'65'
Sturridge Goal 82'
Rowett Yellow card
Report Yellow card Boa Morte
Yellow card Bould
Yellow card Winterburn
Stadium: Pride Park Stadium
Attendance: 30,004
9 November 1997 14Arsenal3–2Manchester UnitedLondon
16:00 GMT Anelka Goal 7'
Vieira Goal 27'
Platt Yellow card Goal 83'
Wright Yellow card
Report Goal 33'41' Sheringham
Yellow card P. Neville
Yellow card Scholes
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,205
22 November 1997 15Sheffield Wednesday2–0ArsenalSheffield
15:00 GMT Booth Goal 42'
Whittingham Goal 86'
Atherton Yellow card
Nolan Yellow card
Report Yellow card Adams
Yellow card Grimandi
Yellow card Platt
Stadium: Hillborough
Attendance: 34,373
30 November 1997 16Arsenal0–1LiverpoolLondon
16:00 GMT Adams Yellow card
Dixon Yellow card
Report Goal 55' McManaman
Yellow card Bjørnebye
Yellow card Matteo
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,094
6 December 1997 17Newcastle United0–1ArsenalNewcastle
15:00 GMT Report Goal 36' Wright
Yellow card Adams
Yellow card Petit
Stadium: St. James' Park
Attendance: 36,751
13 December 1997 18Arsenal1–3Blackburn RoversLondon
15:00 GMT Overmars Goal 18'
Adams Yellow card
Bergkamp Yellow card
Parlour Yellow card
Wright Yellow card
Report Goal 57' Wilcox
Goal 65' Gallacher
Goal 89' Sherwood
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,147
22 December 1997 19WimbledonvArsenalLondon
--:-- Stadium: Selhurst Park
Note: Abandoned due to floodlight problems.
26 December 1997 20Arsenal2–1Leicester CityLondon
12:00 GMT Platt Goal 36'
Walsh Goal 56' (o.g.)
Winterburn Yellow card
Report Goal 77' Lennon
Yellow card Campbell
Yellow card Elliott
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,023
28 December 1997 21Tottenham Hotspur1–1ArsenalLondon
19:45 Nielson Goal 28'
Campbell Yellow card
Wilson Yellow card
Report Goal 62' Parlour
Yellow card Bould
Yellow card Keown
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 29,610
10 January 1998 22Arsenal2–1Leeds UnitedLondon
15:00 GMT Overmars Goal 60' Goal 72' Report Goal 69' Hasselbaink
Yellow card Halle
Yellow card Maybury
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,018
17 January 1998 23Coventry City2–2ArsenalCoventry
19:45 Whelan Yellow card Goal 21'
Dublin Goal 66' (pen.)
Telfer Yellow card
Williams Red card 79'
Report Goal 50' Bergkamp
Goal 57' Anelka
Yellow card Grimandi
Yellow card Parlour
Yellow cardRed card 65' Vieira
Stadium: Highfield Road
Attendance: 22,864
31 January 1998 24Arsenal3–0SouthamptonLondon
15:00 GMT Bergkamp Goal 62'
Adams Yellow card Goal 67'
Anelka Goal 67'
Platt Yellow card
Report Yellow card Dodd
Yellow card Hirst
Yellow card Monkou
Yellow card Richardson
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,056
8 February 1998 25Arsenal2–0ChelseaLondon
16:00 GMT S. Hughes Goal 4'42'
Bergkamp Yellow card
Bould Yellow card
Parlour Yellow card
Report Di Matteo Yellow card
Leboeuf Yellow card
Vialli Yellow card
Wise Yellow card
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,083
21 February 1998 26Arsenal1–0Crystal PalaceLondon
19:45 Grimandi Goal 49'
Anelka Yellow card
Dixon Yellow card
Platt Yellow card
Report Yellow card Dyer
Yellow card Fullarton Yellow card
Hreiðarsson
Yellow card Roberts
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,094
2 March 1998 27West Ham United0–0ArsenalLondon
19:45 Report Yellow card Vieira Stadium: Boleyn Ground
Attendance: 25,717
11 March 1998 19Wimbledon0–1ArsenalLondon
19:45 Perry Yellow card Report Goal 21' Wreh Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 22,291
14 March 1998 28Manchester United0–1ArsenalManchester
11:15 GMT Yellow card G. Neville
Yellow card Sheringham
Report Goal 79' Overmars
Yellow card Adams
Yellow card Anelka
Yellow card Dixon
Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 55,174
28 March 1998 29Arsenal1–0Sheffield WednesdayLondon
15:00 GMT Bergkamp Goal 35' Report Yellow card Atherton
Yellow card Barrett
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,087
31 March 1998 30Bolton Wanderers0–1ArsenalBolton
20:00 Cox Yellow card Report Goal 47' Wreh
Yellow card Bould
Yellow cardRed card 65' Keown
Stadium: Reebok Stadium
Attendance: 25,000
11 April 1998 31Arsenal3–1Newcastle UnitedLondon
15:00 BST Anelka Goal 41'64'
Vieira Goal 72'
Report Yellow card Albert
Yellow card Barton Goal 79'
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,102
13 April 1998 32Blackburn Rovers1–4ArsenalBlackburn
20:00 BST Gallacher Goal 51' Report Goal 2' Bergkamp
Goal 7'14' Parlour
Goal 42' Anelka
Yellow card Garde
Yellow card Petit
Yellow card Vieira
Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 28,212
18 April 1998 33Arsenal5–0WimbledonLondon
15:00 BST Adams Goal 12'
Overmars Goal 17'
Bergkamp Goal 19'
Petit Goal 54'
Wreh Goal 88'
Report Yellow card Hughes Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,024
25 April 1998 34Barnsley0–2ArsenalBarnsley
15:00 BST Ward Yellow card Report Goal 23' Bergkamp
Goal 76' Overmars
Yellow card Petit
Yellow card Winterburn
Stadium: Oakwell
Attendance: 18,691
29 April 1998 35Arsenal1–0Derby CountyLondon
20:00 Petit Goal 34'
Parlour Yellow card
Report Yellow card Carsley
Dailly
Yellow card Delap
Yellow card Sturridge
Yellow card Wanchope
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,121
3 May 1998 36Arsenal4–0EvertonLondon
16:00 BST Bilić Goal 6' (o.g.)
Overmars Goal 28'57'
Adams Goal 89'
Dixon Yellow card
Report Yellow card Barmby
Yellow card Ferguson
Yellow card Hutchison
Yellow card O'Kane
Yellow card Oster
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,269
6 May 1998 37Liverpool4–0ArsenalLiverpool
19:45 Ince Goal 28'30'
Owen Goal 40'
Leonhardsen Goal 87'
Report Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 44,417
10 May 1998 38Aston Villa1–0ArsenalBirmingham
16:00 GMT Yorke Goal 37' (pen.)
Draper Yellow card
Ehiogu Yellow card
Ehiogu Red card 24'
Report Yellow card Grimandi
Yellow card Vieira
Yellow card Wright
Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 39,372

Classification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[a]
5 Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions. As they were also the League Cup winners, the UEFA Cup berth vacated was awarded to Blackburn Rovers.
  2. ^ Aston Villa was rewarded entry to the UEFA Cup through UEFA Fair Play ranking.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 23 9 6 68 33  +35 78 15 2 2 43 10  +33 8 7 4 25 23  +2

Source: [49]

Results by round[edit]

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAAHAHAHAHHAA
ResultDWWDDWWWDWDDLWLLWLWWDWDWWWDWWWWWWWWWLL
Position81235421111222354566555522222222111111
Source: [50]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

FA Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the competition in the third round, receiving a bye as a Premier League club. Their opening match was a goalless draw against First Division club Port Vale at home, meaning the game was replayed at Vale Park, eleven days later. In the replay, Arsenal won 4–3 on a penalty shoot-out, having drawn 1–1 in extra time.[51] In the fourth round, Arsenal played Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Overmars scored the opening goal inside 68 seconds for the visitors and Parlour added a second to give Arsenal a commanding lead, going into the interval. Although Paul Merson scored in the second half for Middlesbrough, Arsenal did enough to progress into the fifth round.[52] A 0–0 draw at home against Crystal Palace meant Arsenal needed to play a fifth round replay at Selhurst Park on 25 February 1998. Goals from Anelka and Bergkamp ensured victory for an understrength Arsenal team.[53] Against West Ham United in the quarter-finals, Arsenal conceded the first goal when Frank Lampard's corner kick was converted into the goal net by Ian Pearce, through a first-time shot. Although Bergkamp scored a penalty to equalise, Arsenal had to settle for a replay, staged at Upton Park, where it ended 4–3 on penalties after another draw.[54] A goal by Wreh against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals meant Arsenal reached their 13th FA Cup final.[55]

On 16 May 1998, Arsenal contested the 1998 FA Cup Final against Newcastle United. Without first choice striker Bergkamp, Wenger partnered Anelka with Wreh, leaving Wright on the substitutes bench.[56] Arsenal scored in the 23rd minute; Overmars sprinted onto a pass from Petit, and used his pace to get past Alessandro Pistone and toe-poke the ball between goalkeeper Shay Given's legs.[57] Anelka scored in the second half, from a pass by Parlour to settle the match.[57] In his post-match interview, Wenger praised the "remarkable" Overmars: "[It is] even more so when you realise that he has scored so many goals in important games that we needed to win."[58]

3 January 1998 (1998-01-03) Third roundArsenal0–0Port ValeHighbury
15:00 Report Corden Yellow card
Porter Yellow card
Snijders Yellow card
Talbot Yellow card
Attendance: 37,471
Referee: Paul Alcock (Kent)
24 January 1998 (1998-01-24) Fourth roundMiddlesbrough1–2ArsenalMiddlesbrough
19:45 Baker Yellow card 37'
Festa Yellow card 38'
Merson Goal 62'
Report Overmars Goal 2'
Parlour Goal 19'
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 28,264
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
15 February 1998 (1998-02-15) Fifth roundArsenal0–0Crystal PalaceLondon
14:00 Manninger Yellow card Report Dyer Yellow card Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,164
Referee: Martin Bodenham (Cornwall)
25 February 1998 (1998-02-25) Fifth round replayCrystal Palace1–2ArsenalLondon
19:45 Gordon Red card 26'
Dyer Goal 35', Yellow card 38'
Ismaël Yellow card 64'
Report Anelka Goal 2'
Bergkamp Goal 28', Yellow card 39'
Platt Yellow card 37'
Keown Yellow card 38'
Upson Yellow card 66'
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 15,674
Referee: Martin Bodenham (Cornwall)
8 March 1998 (1998-03-08) Sixth roundArsenal1–1West Ham UnitedLondon
14:00 Bergkamp Goal 26' (pen.) Report Pearce Goal 12'
Potts Yellow card 21'
Lomas Yellow card 23'
Lampard Yellow card 82'
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,077
Referee: Mike Reed (Birmingham)
17 March 1998 (1998-03-17) Sixth round replayWest Ham United1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
ArsenalLondon
19:45 Abou Yellow card 40'
Hartson Goal 84'
Lomas Yellow card 119'
Report Bergkamp Red card 32'
Anelka Goal 45'
Garde Yellow card 51'
Boa Morte Yellow card 100'
S. Hughes Yellow card 102'
Winterburn Yellow card 111'
Stadium: Upton Park
Attendance: 25,859
Referee: Mike Reed (Birmingham)
Penalties
Unsworth Penalty scored
Hartson Penalty missed
Lampard Penalty scored
Berkovic Penalty missed
Lomas Penalty scored
Abou Penalty missed
Hughes Penalty scored
Wreh Penalty missed
Boa Morte Penalty scored
Garde Penalty missed
Vieira Penalty scored
Adams Penalty scored
5 April 1998 (1998-04-05) Semi-finalWolverhampton Wanderers0–1ArsenalBirmingham
12:00 Williams Yellow card 88' Report Wreh Goal 12'
Grimandi Yellow card 37'
Parlour Yellow card 54'
Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 39.372
Referee: Stephen Lodge (South Yorkshire)
16 May 1998 (1998-05-16) FinalArsenal2–0Newcastle UnitedLondon
15:00 Overmars Goal 23'
Winterburn Yellow card 51'
Anelka Goal 69'
Report Shearer Yellow card 45'
Barton Yellow card 48'
Howey Yellow card 53'
Dabizas Yellow card 70'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 79,813
Referee: Paul Durkin (Dorset)

League Cup[edit]

Together, with the other clubs playing in European football, Arsenal entered the Football League Cup in the third round, where they were drawn at home to First Division club Birmingham City. The tie ended 1–1 after normal time; goals from Luís Boa Morte, Platt and Alberto Méndez helped Arsenal win 4–1 in extra time.[59] They needed extra time the following round to beat Coventry City,[60] and in the fifth round, beat West Ham United 2–1 at Upton Park.[61] Arsenal exited the competition in the semi-finals, losing 4–3 on aggregate to Chelsea.[62]

14 October 1997 (1997-10-14) Third roundArsenal4–1 (a.e.t.)Birmingham CityLondon
19:45 Boa Morte Goal 62'108'
Platt Goal 99' (pen.)
Méndez Goal 113'
Dixon Yellow card
Marshall Yellow card
Upson Yellow card
Crowe Red card 91'
Report Hey Goal 20'
Grainger Yellow card
Ndlovu Yellow card
Wassall Red card 83'
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 27,097
Referee: Uriah Rennie (South Yorkshire)
18 November 1997 (1997-11-18) Fourth roundArsenal1–0 (a.e.t.)Coventry CityLondon
19:45 Bergkamp Goal 99' Report Burrows Yellow card
Haworth Yellow card
Shaw Yellow card
Williams Yellow card
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 30,199
Referee: Gerald Ashby (Worcestershire)
28 January 1998 (1998-01-28) Semi-final, first legArsenal2–1ChelseaLondon
19:45 Overmars Goal 23'
S. Hughes Goal 47'
Bergkamp Yellow card
Grimandi Yellow card
Report M. Hughes Goal 68'
Duberry Yellow card
Le Saux Yellow card
Newton Yellow card
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,114
Referee: Martin Bodenham (Cornwall)
18 February 1998 (1998-02-18) Semi-final, second legChelsea3–1
(4–3 agg.)
ArsenalLondon
19:45 M. Hughes Goal 10'
Di Matteo Goal 51'
Petrescu Goal 53'
Clarke Yellow card
Duberry Yellow card
M. Hughes Yellow card
Wise Yellow card
Report Adams Yellow card
Dixon Yellow card
Parlour Yellow card
Vieira Yellow card 48' Red card
Petit Yellow card 75'
Bergkamp Goal 82' (pen.)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,330
Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire)

UEFA Cup[edit]

Arsenal entered the UEFA Cup first round, having finished third in the league the previous season. They were drawn to play PAOK, a Greek club noted for hooligan problems.[63] In the first leg, Arsenal lost 1–0 at the Toumba Stadium, with midfielder Kostas Frantzeskos scoring the winner.[64] Although Bergkamp levelled the game on aggregate score, 22 minutes into the second leg, a late goal scored by Zisis Vryzas meant Arsenal did not progress past the first round for the second successive season.[65] Wenger later commented that he was not too unhappy about the team's exit, by saying "To be honest, the only European competition that really interests me is the Champions' League".[66]

16 September 1997 (1997-09-16) First legPAOK Greece1–0England ArsenalThessaloniki
20:45 EEST Tasiopoulos Yellow card 19'
Frantzeskos Goal 61'
Zoumpoulis Yellow card 71'
Zafeiriou Yellow card 78'
Zagorakis Yellow card 87'
Report Wright Yellow card 30'
Adams Yellow card 69'
Vieira Yellow card 89'
Stadium: Toumba Stadium
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (Spain)
30 September 1997 (1997-09-30) Second legArsenal England1–1
(1–2 agg.)
Greece PAOKLondon
20:00 BST Bergkamp Goal 22'
Dixon Yellow card 23'
Adams Yellow card 65'
Report Vryzas Goal 87'
Tasiopoulos Yellow card 37'
Sidiropoulos Yellow card 74'
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,982
Referee: Michel Piraux (Belgium)

Awards[edit]

In recognition of the team's achievement, Wenger was awarded the Carling Manager of the Year award,[67] saying he was "very proud and honoured" after collecting the prize.[68] Bergkamp was given the accolade of PFA Players' Player of the Year by his fellow peers[69] and FWA Footballer of the Year by football writers.[70]

Player statistics[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with name struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangular card A red rectangular card
1 GK  ENG David Seaman 31 0 4 0 1 0 2 0 38 0 1 0
2 DF  ENG Lee Dixon 26 (2) 0 7 0 3 0 2 0 38 (2) 0 8 0
3 DF  ENG Nigel Winterburn 35 (1) 1 8 0 3 0 2 0 48 (1) 1 5 0
4 MF  FRA Patrick Vieira 31 (2) 2 8 (1) 0 2 0 2 0 43 (3) 2 10 2
5 DF  ENG Steve Bould 21 (3) 0 4 (1) 0 3 0 2 0 30 (4) 4 9 0
6 DF  ENG Tony Adams 26 3 6 0 2 0 2 0 36 3 7 0
7 MF  ENG David Platt 11 (20) 3 1 (3) 0 2 (2) 1 (2) 0 14 (27) 4 5 0
8 FW  ENG Ian Wright 22 (2) 10 1 0 1 1 2 0 26 (2) 11 7 0
9 FW  FRA Nicolas Anelka 16 (10) 6 8 (1) 3 3 0 1 (1) 0 28 (12) 9 2 0
10 FW  NED Dennis Bergkamp 28 16 7 3 4 2 1 1 40 22 9 1
11 MF  NED Marc Overmars 32 12 8 (1) 2 3 2 2 0 45 (1) 16 0 0
12 FW  LBR Christopher Wreh 7 (9) 3 2 (4) 1 1(2) 0 (1) 0 10 (16) 4 0 0
13 GK  AUT Alex Manninger 7 0 5 0 4 0 0 0 16 0 1 0
14 DF  ENG Martin Keown 18 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 27 0 4 1
15 MF  ENG Ray Parlour 34 5 7 1 4 0 2 0 47 6 7 0
17 MF  FRA Emmanuel Petit 32 2 7 0 3 0 2 0 44 2 6 1
18 DF  FRA Gilles Grimandi 16 (6) 1 3 (2) 0 4 0 0 0 23 (8) 1 9 0
19 DF  FRA Rémi Garde 6 (4) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 (4) 0 4 0
20 DF  ENG Matthew Upson 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 1 0
21 MF  POR Luís Boa Morte 4 (11) 0 1 (3) 0 1 2 (1) 0 6 (15) 2 3 0
23 MF  GER Alberto Méndez 1 (2) 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 (2) 1 0 0
25 DF  SCO Scott Marshall 1 (2) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 2 (3) 1 0 0
28 MF  ENG Stephen Hughes 7 (10) 2 3 (3) 0 3 (2) 1 0 0 13 (15) 3 1 0
30 DF  ENG Gavin McGowan (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
32 FW  ENG Isaiah Rankin (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
34 DF  ENG Jason Crowe 0 0 (1) 0 (1) 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
35 MF  ENG Paolo Vernazza 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
36 MF  LBY Jehad Muntasser Left club during playing season 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0

Source: [1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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