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ARSENAL bid farewell to Highbury 14 years in the past and leapfrogged Tottenham to safe fourth-place within the Premier League and a Champions League spot.
A 4-2 victory over Wigan noticed the Gunners shut the e-book on their dwelling of 93 years in becoming method, with Thierry Henry bagging a hat-trick.
And it was the top of an period in lots of different methods as Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Jose Antonio Reyes and Ashley Cole left the membership the next summer season having every collected a number of winners’ medals in North London.
The membership had lots to have a good time and did so in type after the comeback win over Wigan – partly incomes revenge for Jason Roberts’ last-ditch away aim that secured the Latics’ League Cup remaining spot earlier that season.
The end result additionally marked a triumphant rise to the ultimate Champions League qualification place, because of Tottenham’s lasagne-instigated defeat at West Ham.
Right here, SunSport particulars the place the beginning XI from that day are actually.
Henry capped the ultimate recreation with a sensational hat-trickCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Gunners have a good time beating Tottenham to fourth as they closed HighburyCredit score: Reuters
GK: JENS LEHMANN
Jens Lehmann has Henry to thank for scrubbing David Thompson’s long-range free-kick that ignominiously beat the goalkeeper from the historical past books.
Two years later, the German departed Arsenal for Bundesliga facet Stuttgart however got here out of retirement amid a Gunners damage disaster to face Blackpool in 2011 – on the age of 41.
Lehmann then accomplished his second return to Emirates Stadium as a part of Wenger’s backroom staff in 2017 however is now working as a pundit after a spell as Manuel Baum’s assistant at Augsburg.
RB: EMMANUEL EBOUE
Ivorian defender Emmanuel Eboue took over from Invincibles hero Lauren in the course of the 2005/06 marketing campaign and endured a horrible time after his profession went downhill.
Then, in 2018, he was arrested and cleared over a suspected arson assault in North London with Eboue since opening up on how money trouble led him to consider taking his own life.
Eboue had a tough time of it after leaving ArsenalCredit score: Occasions Newspapers Ltd
CB: KOLO TOURE
Spells with Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool and Celtic accomplished a massively profitable profession for Kolo Toure.
After hanging up his boots and attaining additional fame as one half of the famous Toure brothers chant, he started his teaching profession with the Ivory Coast nationwide staff.
Brendan Rodgers gave Toure a job a Celtic in September 2017 and the pair have by no means appeared again, the previous centre-back becoming a member of his boss in transferring to Leicester final yr.
CB: SOL CAMPBELL
The enjoying profession of Sol Campbell was removed from simple after he left Arsenal that summer season, heading to cash-strapped Portsmouth as their funds collapsed.
Though he received the FA Cup on the South Coast, the centre-back sued the membership for £1.7million earlier than an ill-fated transfer to Notts County, becoming a member of Sven Goran Eriksson earlier than the League Two facet’s Center Japanese funding additionally fell aside.
Campbell performed simply as soon as for County earlier than a second Arsenal stint and the ex-Southend supervisor’s problem in getting a training profession off the bottom led to him turning into an outspoken critic of recreation bosses.
LB: ASHLEY COLE
A two-time league title winner at Highbury, Cole angered Gunners followers when becoming a member of rivals Chelsea in 2006.
The left-back claimed one other Premier League in addition to a Champions League and 4 FA Cup winners’ medals in West London, ending his profession final season beneath previous team-mate Frank Lampard at Derby.
Since retiring, Cole set his sights on turning into a coach and rejoined Chelsea as a part of their academy employees.
RM: ALEXANDER HLEB
Few anticipated Alexander Hleb to leap again into the headlines in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, however the Belarusian did simply that when his nation’s footballing system refused to shut whereas its European counterparts shut up store.
And it was in his dwelling nation the place Hleb noticed out his enjoying days, turning out for Isloch Minsk Raion following post-Arsenal spells with Barcelona, Birmingham and BATE Borisov.
CM: CESC FABREGAS
One of many few males on the pitch that day nonetheless enjoying, Cesc Fabregas is presently signed to Ligue 1 facet Monaco.
And never many can match the playmaker’s trophy haul since Highbury’s closure both, with a World Cup, two European Championships, a La Liga title, Premier League and FA Cup added to his trophy cupboard.
These days, the 33-year-old actively engages with followers on social media and cannot resist taking the odd dig at Tottenham.
CM: GILBERTO SILVA
Brazilian anchor man Gilberto left Arsenal in 2008 and retired seven years later after enjoying in Greece and again in his dwelling nation.
Initially spending seven months as technical director at previous membership Panathinaikos, he has labored as a TV pundit and after-dinner speaker.
However Silva’s important function now’s that of a footballing guide, most notably advising fellow Brazilian midfielder Fred as he made the transfer to Manchester United.
It was French winger Pires who popped up with the opener in opposition to WiganCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
LM: ROBERT PIRES
Henry stole the present with a hat-trick in opposition to Wigan to depart Robert Pires’ early opener – a removed from typical poacher’s effort – largely forgotten.
The winger’s final recreation for Arsenal got here within the subsequent Champions League remaining the place Lehmann’s early crimson card noticed him substituted for substitute Manuel Almunia.
When a quick sojourn to Indian soccer with FC Goa in 2014 ended, Pires joined the Gunners backroom employees and he now works as a pundit and ambassador for the sport.
ST: JOSE ANTONIO REYES
When driving along with his cousins close to Seville in 2019, Jose Antonio Reyes was concerned in a automotive crash that killed the previous striker and Jonathan Reyes, leaving fellow passenger Juan Manuel Calderon in intensive care.
Tributes flooded in for the Spaniard, who was nonetheless enjoying on the time with Segunda Division staff Extremadura.
Strike companion Henry describing Reyes as a “wonderful player, superb team-mate and exceptional human being” as a police report confirmed a tyre failure at excessive velocity.
ST: THIERRY HENRY
A yr after his iconic kiss of the Highbury turf having accomplished his hat-trick previous Wigan, Henry accepted a transfer to LaLiga giants Barcelona.
It was on the Camp Nou the place he performed an integral half in Spain’s first-ever treble winners beneath Pep Guardiola – happening to finish his profession in MLS.
The Montreal Influence boss coached within the Arsenal academy and alongside Roberto Martinez with Belgium forward of his breakout alternative at Monaco, though that didn’t go to plan in any respect and he left after three months with the Ligue 1 facet nineteenth.
A hero’s welcome for Dennis Bergkamp marked his remaining look in soccer at Highbury and he spent a few years within the Ajax setup earlier than leaving in December 2017.
Likewise, Freddie Ljungberg is now a coach most just lately seen in non permanent cost of the Gunners following Unai Emery’s sacking.
Robin van Persie infamously left Arsenal for Manchester United after reaching stardom on the Emirates and is now a pundit for BT Sports activities.
Al Jazira FC coach Manuel Almunia retired from enjoying as a consequence of a coronary heart situation in 2014 and Johan Djourou is taking Swiss membership FC Sion to court docket after refusing a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.