SEASON OF DOUBLE: Arsenal’s 1998 Heroics

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with the League trophy

On This Day In 1998, Arsenal were confirmed champions of the English Premier League(with two games to spare) after a resounding 4-0 victory over Everton at Highbury Stadium. Thanks to goals from Marc Overmars(a brace), Tony Adams and a Slaven Bilic own goal. Although the Gunners were 12 points behind reigning champions Manchester United at the end of February 1998, a winning streak of ten matches ensured Arsenal won their 11th league title(the first of their three FA Premier League titles). This was Arsène Wenger’s first full season as Arsenal manager.

In recognition of the team’s achievement, Wenger was awarded the Carling Manager of the Year award and striker Dennis Bergkamp who was the Gunners’ top scorer that season(21 goals in all competitions, 16 in the league) was given the accolade of PFA Players’ Player of the Year by his fellow peers and FWA Footballer of the Year by football writers. The North London club also won the FA Cup that season, the second of their three cup doubles.

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