Five of the best Arsenal victories on the road

Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal
Old Trafford
May 8, 2002

Having finished second behind Manchester United in each of the previous three seasons, Arsène Wenger’s team secured the Premier League title in their rivals’ back yard. Without Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, the Gunners produced a resilient display at Old Trafford, defending with spirit and determination before scoring the winner on the counter. Freddie Ljungberg was played through by Sylvain Wiltord and, though Fabien Barthez was equal to the Swede’s low effort, Wiltord was on hand to convert the rebound. Jubilant scenes followed – with Kanu jumping over Wiltord during the ensuing celebration, before the party continued long into the night after referee Paul Durkin blew for full-time.

Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal
Stamford Bridge
October 29, 2011
Away days do not come much harder than this, with Chelsea having only lost two home league games the previous season. The Blues led at the break, but a stunning hat-trick by Robin van Persie and goals from Andre Santos and Theo Walcott ensured Arsenal became the first side to win at Chelsea in the Premier League for eight months.

Everton 1-6 Arsenal
Goodison Park
August 14, 2009
The Gunners had only lost once in their final 24 games of the 2008/09 season and they carried that scintillating form into the first game of the following campaign. After a goalless opening 25 minutes at Goodison Park, Arsenal blew Everton away. Denilson’s 25-yard effort broke the deadlock, before Thomas Vermaelen nodded home a debut goal. William Gallas stretched the advantage further in the first half, with Cesc Fabregas adding a brace after the break. Eduardo then came off the bench to make it six, before Louis Saha pulled one back late on. It was a superb opening to the season and got the Gunners’ title challenge off to the perfect start.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-5 Arsenal
White Hart Lane
November 13, 2004
This was Arsenal’s first victory since the 49-game unbeaten run came to an end – and what a place to secure it. Noureddine Naybet’s volley put the hosts in front at White Hart Lane, but Thierry Henry levelled on the stroke of half-time. In a crazy second half, the Gunners took the lead when Lauren converted from the spot. Patrick Vieira extended the lead further on the hour but Jermain Defoe instantly reduced the deficit with an instinctive and powerful 18-yard finish. Cesc Fabregas’ delicious through ball was clinically finished by Ljungberg as Arsenal restored their two-goal advantage, before Ledley King’s header made it 4-3 with 15 minutes remaining. Robert Pires’ fine individual goal gave Arsenal their fifth, but Spurs again responded quickly, Freddie Kanoute ensuring a tense finish with two minutes to play. Arsenal managed to hold out and eventually finished the season as runners up behind Chelsea.

Middlesbrough 1-6 Arsenal
Riverside Stadium
April 24, 1999

This was the then champions at their best as they blew Middlesbrough away at the Riverside, capped off by Kanu scoring one of the most impudent goals in the club’s history. Marc Overmars’ penalty, plus Nicolas Anelka, Kanu and Patrick Vieira strikes had given the Gunners a four-goal lead that their dominance had merited. Then came the Nigerian striker’s moment of brilliance. Meeting Lee Dixon’s low cross 12 yards out, Kanu’s superb back-heel – hit on the half-volley – squirmed its way into the far corner. Anelka added further gloss to the scoreline with a stylish curled finish, before Alun Armstrong scored a consolation goal late on. Despite this excellent victory, Arsenal were prevented from retaining their Premier League crown by Manchester United, who won the league by a point.