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1998–99 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1998–99 season
ChairmanPeter Hill-Wood
ManagerArsène Wenger
StadiumHighbury
Premier League2nd
FA CupSemi-finals
League CupFourth round
Charity ShieldWinners
UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stage
Top goalscorerLeague:
Nicolas Anelka (17)

All:
Nicolas Anelka (19)
Highest home attendance73,707 vs Lens
(25 November 1998)
Lowest home attendance37,161 vs Sheffield United
(23 February 1999)
Average home league attendance38,022[1]
European Away colours

The 1998–99 season was the 101st season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club, managed by Arsène Wenger, entered the campaign as Premier League and FA Cup double winners. They ended this campaign as league runners-up, a point behind Manchester United, who secured the title on the final day of the season. United also eliminated Arsenal in a FA Cup semi-final replay; Ryan Giggs scored an extra time winner in the 109th minute. Arsenal competed in Europe's premier club competition – the UEFA Champions League – for the first time since its rebrand in 1992, but failed to progress past the group stage.

In the transfer window, Arsenal purchased several players, including Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg and Argentine Nelson Vivas. Ian Wright – the club's all-time top goalscorer, left in the summer to play for West Ham United. Striker Nwankwo Kanu joined Arsenal in January 1999.

Arsenal made an indifferent start to their league campaign with four consecutive draws from their first five matches. After defeat to Aston Villa in December 1998, the team embarked on a 19 match unbeaten run to steadily climb up the league table. A 6-1 win against Middlesbrough in April 1999 moved Arsenal to the top of the table for the first time in the season and victory against Tottenham Hotspur put the team three points clear as main challenger United drew with Liverpool. Both Arsenal and Manchester United went into the final two games of the league season on the same number of points, but the former's defeat to Leeds United all but ended their chances of retaining the title.

30 different players represented Arsenal in five competitions and there were 14 different goalscorers. Arsenal's top goalscorer was Nicolas Anelka, who scored 19 goals in 45 appearances.

Background[edit]

In the 1997–98 season, Arsenal participated in the Premier League. The club made several new purchases, notably midfielders Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars from AS Monaco and Ajax respectively.[2] Ian Wright scored his 179th and 180th goals for Arsenal against Bolton Wanderers in September 1997 and in the process broke Cliff Bastin's goalscoring record at the club.[3] A run of three defeats in four matches, starting away at Derby County in November, concluded with a 3–1 loss at home to Blackburn Rovers and left the team in sixth place.[4] Although they were 12 points behind league leaders Manchester United by the end of February, a winning streak of nine matches ensured Arsenal won the championship, with a 4–0 win over Everton in May 1998.[5] At Wembley Stadium, Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2–0 in the 1998 FA Cup Final to win the competition and complete a domestic double.[6]

Manager Arsène 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, in recognition of Arsenal's achievements.[7][8]

Transfers[edit]

David Platt retired from career football at the end of the 1997–98 season.[9] Wright left the club to join West Ham United on a two-year contract in July 1998.[10] Wenger intended to replace him with either striker Patrick Kluivert or winger Thierry Henry,[11] but wages and interest from other clubs proved to be a stumbling block.[12] Defender Nelson Vivas was purchased on a £1.6 million deal to provide cover for Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn.[13] Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg joined the club on an undisclosed fee in September 1998, after reported interest from Chelsea.[14] Wenger made the decision to sign him after his performance for the Sweden national football team against England; "I have been aware of Ljungberg for some time but after watching him against England I decided to move for him very quickly."[14] In January 1999, Arsenal completed the signing of striker Nwankwo Kanu.[15]

In[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Ref
22 MF David Grondin AS Saint-Étienne £500,000 19 June 1998 [16]
7 DF Nelson Vivas FC Lugano £1,600,000 5 August 1998 [17]
8 MF Freddie Ljungberg Halmstads BK Undisclosed 11 September 1998 [18]
26 FW Fabián Caballero Cerro Porteño Loan 29 October 1998 [19][20]
MF Jermaine Pennant Notts County £2,000,000 8 January 1999 [21]
25 FW Nwankwo Kanu Internazionale Undisclosed 15 January 1999 [22]
27 FW Kaba Diawara Bordeaux Undisclosed 29 January 1999 [23]

Out[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred to Fee Date Ref
GK Vince Bartram Gillingham Free 20 March 1998 [24]
7 MF David Platt Retired [24]
FW Chris Kiwomya Released [24]
DF Gavin McGowan Luton Town Free 26 June 1998 [24]
MF Richard Hughes Bournemouth £20,000 1 July 1998 [24]
8 FW Ian Wright West Ham United £750,000 13 July 1998 [12]
25 DF Scott Marshall Southampton Free 14 July 1998 [24]
32 FW Isaiah Rankin Bradford City £1,300,000 13 August 1998 [25]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

To prepare for the upcoming season, Arsenal played a series of friendlies against, firstly, local sides Boreham Wood, Enfield Town and Luton Town, before travelling to Germany for their final pre-season games.

10 July 1998 FriendlyBoreham Wood2–5ArsenalLondon
Hollingdale Goal ?'
Daly Goal ?'
Report Goal ?' Hughes
Goal ?' Wreh
Goal ?' Garde
Goal ?' Anelka
Goal ?' Rankin
Stadium: Meadow Park
Attendance: 2,832
18 July 1998 FriendlyEnfield0–0ArsenalLondon
Attendance: 5,495
25 July 1998 FriendlyLuton Town1–1ArsenalLuton
Goal ?' Bactuet Report Anelka Goal ?' Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 5,118
31 July 1998 FriendlySportfreunde Eisbachtal0–4ArsenalNentershausen
Goal ?'?'?' Boa Morte
Goal ?' Rankin
Stadium: Eisbachtalstadion
Attendance: 2,300
4 August 1998 FriendlyKickers Offenbach0–4ArsenalOffenbach am Main
Report Goal 22' Parlour
Goal 27'60' Anelka
Goal 74' Vernazza
Stadium: Stadion am Bieberer Berg
Attendance: 7,800

South Asian Tour[edit]

After the end of the season, Arsenal travelled to Asia to play the national sides of both Malaysia and Thailand. After a win against Malaysia, Arsenal suffered a shock loss to the Thai National Football team on 22 May.

19 May 1999 FriendlyMalaysia0–2ArsenalKuala Lumpur
Report Goal 54' Anelka
Goal 66' Petit
Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Attendance: 60,000
22 May 1999 FriendlyThailand4–3ArsenalBangkok
Kiatisuk Goal 5'87'
Thongchai Goal 15'
Seksan Goal ?'
Report Goal ?' Petit
Goal 49'58' Kanu
Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Attendance: 65,000

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Arsenal started the season with a 3–0 win in the Charity Shield against last season's Premier League runners-up Manchester United.[26] Goals came from Overmars in the first half, Christopher Wreh after 61 minutes and Nicolas Anelka 11 minutes after.[26] The result was the first time that a club from Southern England had won the Shield outright since Tottenham Hotspur in 1962.[26]

Premier League[edit]

August–October[edit]

Arsenal began their defence of the league title against newly promoted team Nottingham Forest on 17 August 1998. A goal by Overmars, eleven minutes from the end gave Arsenal the win; Geoff Thomas equalised for Nottingham Forest after Petit headed in the opening goal.[27] A goalless draw against Liverpool[28] was followed by successive 0–0 draws, at home to Charlton Athletic[29] and away to Chelsea.[30] Stephen Hughes scored a last minute equaliser at Filbert Street on 12 September 1998 to deny Leicester City a win.[31] After the match, Wenger admitted the club were looking for a new striker to replace Ian Wright, being impressed with Leicester City's goalscorer Emile Heskey: "We will still be buying a striker but unfortunately Leicester do not want to sell Heskey so we will have to go somewhere else … I'm impressed by Heskey. Today he did very well offensively and tried like crazy; too much for me."[31] In Arsenal's next match, at home to Manchester United, goals from Tony Adams, Anelka and Freddie Ljungberg helped the champions inflict a 3–0 defeat; the result was Wenger's third consecutive win over rival manager Alex Ferguson.[32] However, in the following match, Arsenal lost for the first time in the season, against Sheffield Wednesday. Substitute Lee Briscoe scored in the 89th minute, lobbing the ball precisely over goalkeeper Alex Manninger after Sheffield Wednesday striker Paolo Di Canio was sent off for pushing the referee.[33]

On 4 October 1998, Arsenal hosted Newcastle United at Highbury; Dennis Bergkamp scored his first league goal of the season in a 3–0 win.[34] The team failed to convert several chances against Southampton, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw;[35] Anelka and Petit did however score against Blackburn Rovers the following game, thus putting pressure on opposing manager Roy Hodgson as Blackburn remained in the bottom four.[36] The month ended with a 1–0 win away to Coventry City; Anelka scored his fifth league goal of the season, tapping the ball in the net after a counterattack started by Overmars.[37]

November–February[edit]

"Perhaps we gave our fans too much by winning the Double. Once you've eaten caviar, it is difficult to go back to sausages."

Arsène Wenger, 29 November 1998[38]

Another 1–0 win, this time at home to Everton[39] was followed by a goalless draw against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.[40] After defeat midweek in the Champions League, Arsenal played Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. Striker Efan Ekoku scored the winning goal to condemn Arsenal to a second successive loss; Patrick Vieira sustained a hamstring injury in the match.[41] Two more draws, against Middlesbrough and Derby County left Arsenal in fourth position but Wenger took comfort in the latter match, praising Steve Bould and David Seaman: "the real symbols of spirit."[42] They faced league leaders Aston Villa on 13 December 1998, and having taken a 2–0 lead, through two goals scored by Bergkamp, had in unprecedented circumstances conceded three goals in the second half to lose the match.[43] Arsenal responded to their third defeat of the season by putting a run together of three consecutive wins during the Christmas period – starting against Leeds United,[44] followed by West Ham United[45] and finally Charlton Athletic.[46] The team ended the calendar year in fourth position, two points behind Chelsea.[47]

On 9 January 1999, Arsenal were held to a stalemate by Liverpool; Wenger, commenting on the performance was disappointed about Liverpool's approach, adding: "Usually we create chances and don't score, but today we just didn't create chances."[48] A headed goal by Martin Keown, from a Petit corner earned Arsenal a 1–0 win the following week, away to Nottingham Forest.[49] Against Chelsea on the final day of January, Arsenal won 1–0 at Highbury to end the visitors 21-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.[50] Wenger hailed the performance, saying "I knew my players were ready. After a few years you just know. It's like working for the weather forecast: you have a feeling whether it will rain or not."[51]

An inspired performance by Bergkamp helped Arsenal win 0–4 at West Ham United in the first weekend of February.[52] He, however missed the following match, away to Manchester United, due to suspension along with Petit; Keown was absent due to a hamstring injury.[53] Arsenal conceded a first half penalty when Ray Parlour brought down Ronny Johnsen.[54] Dwight Yorke missed, chipping the ball wide of the right-hand post, and was made to pay early in the second half as new signing Nwankwo Kanu's through ball found striker Anelka, who scored. Andy Cole equalised moments after – Arsenal's first goal conceded in two months, and with both teams spurring chances to win the match, it ended in a 1–1 draw.[54] Three days after, Anelka scored his first career hat-trick against Leicester City.[55] Bergkamp after the match felt Arsenal were now equipped to push on for a title challenge, like last season: "It's all coming back. I feel it, for myself and for the team."[56] A draw at Newcastle left the team three points behind Chelsea, in third position.[57]

March–May[edit]

Arsenal moved into second place with a 3–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on 9 March 1999. A brace from Bergkamp and a debut goal scored by Kanu – dumming the goalkeeper inside the penalty box and shooting past the middle of the net, meant the club now picked up 27 points out of a possible last 33.[58] A 2–0 win against Everton[59] was followed by another 2–0 win, at home to Coventry City.[60] Arsenal drew 0–0 with Southampton on 3 April 1999, which left the team four points behind league leaders Manchester United.[61] A 1–0 victory against Blackburn Rovers three days later, helped them move a point behind first position.[62] The team scored five goals against Wimbledon[63] and hit Middlesbrough for six the following week; Kanu's first goal, Arsenal's third was described as an "illustration of the African's deceptive subtlety,"[64] side-stepping defender Dean Gordon before stroking the ball past the net.[64] The result moved Arsenal to the top of the table for the first time in the season, albeit having played a match more than Manchester United.[64]

In May Arsenal beat Derby County 1–0 to return to first spot, after Manchester United recorded three points against Aston Villa.[65] A 1–3 away win against Tottenham Hotspur moved them three points clear after Paul Ince scored a late equaliser for Liverpool against Manchester United.[66] Wenger was adamant that Ferguson's team were marginal favourites,[67] but it was evident the title race would be decided on the final day, akin to 1995.[68] Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's late winner for Leeds United against Arsenal two days later all but ended their chances of retaining the league championship.[69] Although Manchester United drew their penultimate match away to Blackburn Rovers,[70] they eventually secured the title with a 2–1 victory at home to Tottenham Hotspur;[71] a second half goal scored by Kanu against Aston Villa on the final day ensured Arsenal finished a point behind, in second place.[72]

Match results[edit]

17 August 1998 1Arsenal2–1Nottingham ForestLondon
20:00 BST Petit Goal 58'
Overmars Goal 79'
Report Goal 76' Thomas Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,064
Referee: Mike Riley
22 August 1998 2Liverpool0–0ArsenalLiverpool
15:00 BST Report Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 44,429
Referee: David Elleray
29 August 1998 3Arsenal0–0Charlton AthleticLondon
15:00 BST Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,014
Referee: Graham Poll
9 September 1998 4Chelsea0–0ArsenalLondon
20:00 BST Report Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 34,644
Referee: Stephen Lodge
12 September 1998 5Leicester City1–1ArsenalLondon
15:00 BST Heskey Goal 28' Report Goal 90' Hughes Stadium: Filbert Street
Attendance: 21,628
Referee: Paul Durkin
20 September 1998 6Arsenal3–0Manchester UnitedLondon
16:00 BST Adams Goal 22'
Anelka Goal 29'
Ljungberg Goal 72'
Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,142
Referee: Graham Barber
26 September 1998 7Sheffield Wednesday1–0ArsenalSheffield
15:00 BST Briscoe Goal 89' Report Stadium: Hillsborough
Attendance: 27,949
Referee: Paul Alcock
4 October 1998 8Arsenal3–0Newcastle UnitedLondon
15:00 BST Bergkamp Goal 21'66' (pen.)
Anelka Goal 29'
Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,102
Referee: Mike Reed
17 October 1998 9Arsenal1–1SouthamptonLondon
15:00 BST Anelka Goal 34' Report Goal 67' Howells Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,027
Referee: Jeff Winter
25 October 1998 10Blackburn Rovers1–2ArsenalBlackburn
16:00 BST Johnson Goal 64'
Sutton
Report Goal 25' Anelka
Goal 39' Petit
Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 27,012
Referee: Dermot Gallagher
31 October 1998 11Coventry City0–1ArsenalCoventry
15:00 GMT Report Goal 25' Anelka Stadium: Highfield Road
Attendance: 23,040
Referee: Uriah Rennie
8 November 1998 12Arsenal1–0EvertonLondon
15:00 GMT Anelka Goal 6' Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,088
Referee: Gary Willard
14 November 1998 13Arsenal0–0Tottenham HotpsurLondon
15:00 GMT Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,278
Referee: Alan Wilkie
21 November 1998 14Wimbledon1–0ArsenalLondon
15:00 GMT Ekoku Goal 77' Report Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 26,003
Referee: Mike Riley
29 November 1998 15Arsenal1–1MiddlesbroughLondon
15:00 GMT Anelka Goal 89' Report Goal 6' Deane Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,075
Referee: Graham Barber
5 December 1998 16Derby County0–0ArsenalDerby
15:00 GMT Report Stadium: Pride Park
Attendance: 29,018
Referee: Mike Reed
13 December 1998 17Aston Villa3–2ArsenalBirmingham
15:00 GMT Joachim Goal 62'
Dublin Goal 65'83'
Report Goal 14'45' Bergkamp Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 39,217
Referee: Stephen Lodge
20 December 1998 18Arsenal3–1Leeds UnitedLondon
16:00 GMT Bergkamp Goal 28'
Vieira Goal 53'
Petit Goal 82'
Report Goal 66' Hasselbaink Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,025
Referee: Peter Jones
26 December 1998 19Arsenal1–0West Ham UnitedLondon
15:00 GMT Overmars Goal 7' Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,098
Referee: Peter Jones
28 December 1998 20Charlton Athletic0–1ArsenalLondon
15:00 GMT Report Goal 53' (pen.) Overmars Stadium: The Valley
Attendance: 20,043
Referee: Uriah Rennie
9 January 1999 21Arsenal0–0LiverpoolLondon
15:00 GMT Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,107
Referee: Graham Barber
16 January 1999 22Nottingham Forest0–1ArsenalNottingham
15:00 GMT Report Goal 34' Keown Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 26,021
Referee: Paul Durkin
31 January 1999 23Arsenal1–0ChelseaLondon
16:00 GMT Bergkamp Goal 32' Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,121
Referee: Graham Poll
6 February 1999 24West Ham United0–4ArsenalLondon
15:00 GMT Report Goal 35' Bergkamp
Goal 45' Overmars
Goal 83' Anelka
Goal 87' Parlour
Stadium: Boleyn Ground
Attendance: 26,042
Referee: Jeff Winter
17 February 1999 25Manchester United1–1ArsenalManchester
20:00 GMT Cole Goal 71' Report Goal 58' Anelka Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 55,171
Referee: Gary Willard
20 February 1999 26Arsenal5–0Leicester CityLondon
15:00 GMT Anelka Goal 23'27'44'
Parlour Goal 42'48'
Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,069
Referee: Paul Durkin
28 February 1999 27Newcastle United1–1ArsenalNewcastle
16:00 GMT Hamann Goal 77' Report Goal 36' Anelka Stadium: St. James' Park
Attendance: 36,708
Referee: Mike Reed
9 March 1999 28Arsenal3–0Sheffield WednesdayLondon
19:45 GMT Bergkamp Goal 83'88'
Kanu Goal 86'
Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,792
Referee: David Elleray
13 March 1999 29Everton0–2ArsenalLiverpool
15:00 GMT Report Goal 16' Parlour
Goal 69' (pen.) Bergkamp
Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 38,049
Referee: Uriah Rennie
20 March 1999 30Arsenal2–0Coventry CityLondon
15:00 GMT Parlour Goal 16'
Overmars Goal 80'
Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,073
Referee: Paul Alcock
3 April 1999 31Southampton0–0ArsenalSouthampton
15:00 GMT Report Stadium: The Dell
Attendance: 15,255
Referee: Peter Jones
6 April 1999 32Arsenal1–0Blackburn RoversLondon
19:45 BST Bergkamp Goal 42' Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,762
Referee: Graham Poll
19 April 1999 33Arsenal5–1WimbledonLondon
20:00 GMT Parlour Goal 34'
Vieira Goal 49'
Thatcher Goal 56' (og.)
Bergkamp Goal 57'
Kanu Goal 59'
Report Goal 70' Cort Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,992
Referee: Stephen Lodge
24 April 1999 34Middlesbrough1–6ArsenalMiddlesbrough
15:00 BST Armstrong Goal 87' Report Goal 4' (pen.) Overmars
Goal 38'78' Anelka
Goal 45'60' Kanu
Goal 58' Vieira
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 34,630
Referee: Stephen Lodge
2 May 1999 35Arsenal1–0Derby CountyLondon
16:00 BST Anelka Goal 14' Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,323
Referee: Neale Barry
5 May 1999 36Tottenham Hotspur1–3ArsenalLondon
20:00 BST Anderton Goal 33' Report Goal 17' Petit
Goal 33' Anelka
Goal 85' Kanu
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 36,019
Referee: Steve Dunn
11 May 1999 37Leeds United1–0ArsenalLeeds
20:00 BST Hasselbaink Goal 86' Report Stadium: Elland Road
Attendance: 40,124
Referee: Gary Willard
16 May 1999 38Arsenal1–0Aston VillaLondon
16:00 BST Kanu Goal 66' Report Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,308
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Classification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 22 13 3 80 37 +43 79 Qualification for the Champions League first group stage
2 Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17 +42 78
3 Chelsea 38 20 15 3 57 30 +27 75 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Leeds United 38 18 13 7 62 34 +28 67 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
5 West Ham United 38 16 9 13 46 53 −7 57 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 22 12 4 59 17  +42 78 14 5 0 34 5  +29 8 7 4 25 12  +13

Source: [73]

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAAHAHAAAAHAHAAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAAH
ResultWDDDDWLWDWWWDLDDLWWWDWWWDWDWWWDWWWWWLW
Position24558935332334466533443333222222211122
Source: [74]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

FA Cup[edit]

As holders and participants of the top division, Arsenal entered the FA Cup in the third round, in which they were drawn to play Preston North End of the Second Division. Despite being 2–0 down in the first half, Arsenal came back to win the match 4–2 at Deepdale.[75] In the fourth round, Arsenal played Wolverhampton Wanderers – a repeat of last year's semi-final. Goals from Overmars and Bergkamp helped Arsenal win 2–1; the match was overshadowed by the sending off of midfielder Petit.[76] A fifth round tie against Sheffield United was replayed on 23 February 1999 at the suggestion of Wenger.[77] The winning goal, scored by Overmars came from failure to return the ball to the opposition, in order to get defender Lee Morris off the pitch.[78] Arsenal went on to win the replay 2–1[79] and a 1–0 victory against Derby County meant the team reached the semi-finals for the second consecutive season.[80]

Arsenal played league challengers Manchester United on 11 April 1999. Neither team was able to score even after extra time had been played, therefore the match was decided in a replay four days later.[81] David Beckham opened the scoring for United from a long range shot, but Bergkamp equalised with a shot that deflected off United's centre back Jaap Stam.[82] United captain Roy Keane was red-carded for two bookable offences, with his team playing the last thirty minutes of normal time a man down.[82] In injury time, Phil Neville fouled Parlour in the penalty area, conceding a penalty.[82] Peter Schmeichel parried away Bergkamp's resultant spot kick and the game went into extra time. Giggs scored partway through the second half of extra time. Picking up possession on the halfway line after a loose pass from Patrick Vieira, he dribbled past the entire Arsenal back line before shooting just under Seaman's bar.[82] Giggs ran celebrating towards the United fans, and the team held on win 2–1.[82] The goal was the last ever scored in a FA Cup semi-final replay; it was to be abolished from the following season.[83]

4 January 1999 Third roundPreston North End2–4ArsenalPreston
19:45 GMT Nogan Goal 17'21' Goal 44' Boa Morte
Goal 60'79' Petit
Goal 81' Overmars
Stadium: Deepdale
Attendance: 21,099
24 January 1999 Fourth roundWolverhampton Wanderers1–2ArsenalWolverhampton
15:30 GMT Flo Goal 37' Goal 10' Overmars
Goal 69' Bergkamp
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 27,511
Referee: Steve Dunn (Bristol)
13 February 1999 Fifth roundArsenal2–1Sheffield UnitedLondon
Vieira Goal 28'
Overmars Goal 76'
Goal 48' Marcelo Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,020
Referee: Peter Jones (Loughborough)
23 February 1999 Fifth round replayArsenal2–1Sheffield UnitedLondon
19:45 Overmars Goal 15'
Bergkamp Goal 37'
Goal 86' Morris Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,161
Referee: Peter Jones (Loughborough)
6 March 1999 Sixth roundArsenal1–0Derby CountyLondon
15:00 Kanu Goal 89' Details Sturridge Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 38,046
Referee: Steve Dunn (Gloucestershire)
11 April 1999 Semi-finalsArsenal0–0 (a.e.t.)Manchester UnitedBirmingham
12:30 Vivas Red card Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 39,217
Referee: David Elleray (Kent)
14 April 1999 Semi-finals replayManchester United2–1 (a.e.t.)ArsenalBirmingham
19:45 Beckham Goal 17'
Giggs Goal 109'
Keane Red card
Bergkamp Goal 69' Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 30,223
Referee: David Elleray (Kent)

League Cup[edit]

In the third round of the League Cup, Arsenal faced Derby County at Pride Park. Wenger made several first team changes to give his younger players playing time; Arsenal ran out 2–1 winners, a performance where "every touch by a Derby player was greeted with ironic cheers."[84] However, the team were beaten comprehensively in the next round to Chelsea at Highbury, losing 0–5. The result inflicted Arsenal's biggest defeat in over eight years and Wenger defended his team selection, virtually a 'second team': "I knew before the game that this kind of thing might happen. You only had to look at the team sheets. If we had won I would still have gone on playing the same side because the players need the experience."[85] Bergkamp, who was rested for the match, echoed his manager's comments: "We had a lot of young players on the field against Chelsea and, although they were feeling very down after losing like that, they will learn from it. To be honest, the scoreline doesn't mean anything, whether it was 1–0 or 5–0. The supporters will feel bad but I hope they understand Saturday will be a different game [at home to Tottenham Hotspur]."[86]

28 October 1998 Third roundDerby County1–2ArsenalDerby
19:45 GMT Sturridge Goal 83' Report Goal 21' (o.g.) Carsley
Goal 55' Vivas
Stadium: Pride Park Stadium
Attendance: 25,621
Referee: Stephen Lodge
11 November 1998 Fourth roundArsenal0–5ChelseaLondon
20:00 GMT Report Goal 34' (pen.) Leboeuf
Goal 49'73' Vialli
Goal 65'80' Poyet
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 37,562
Referee: David Elleray

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Winning the Premier League the previous season ensured Arsenal's qualification into the UEFA Champions League. They last participated in Europe's premier competition seven years ago, losing to Portuguese club Benfica, in the second round; the competition since was rebranded.[87] In order to boost attendance figures, Arsenal was granted permission by UEFA and the Football Association to host their home Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium.[88] A Wembley spokesman added "We would be delighted for Arsenal to use the stadium. It makes financial sense."[89]

The club were drawn in Group E, along with French champions Lens, Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv and Panathinaikos of Greece.[90] In the opening match against Lens, Arsenal conceded a late equaliser having dominated possession and chances.[91] A win against Panathinaikos[92] was followed by a draw at home to Dynamo Kyiv; Serhiy Rebrov scoring the equaliser in stoppage time.[93] In the reverse fixture, Arsenal – depleted due to injuries, lost 3–1[94] and a further defeat, at home to Lens meant the team effectively were out of the competition.[95] An understrength Arsenal team won their final group game away to Panathinaikos but finished third in Group B; Wenger asserted after the match that his main aim was to retain the Premier League, going further to describe the group as "very average".[96]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11 Advance to knockout stage
2 France Lens 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
3 England Arsenal 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
4 Greece Panathinaikos 6 2 0 4 6 9 −3 6
Source: UEFA
16 September 1998 1Lens France1–1England ArsenalLens, France
20:45 CEST Vairelles Goal 90' Report Goal 56' Overmars Stadium: Stade Félix Bollaert
Attendance: 33,371
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)
30 September 1998 2Arsenal England2–1Greece PanathinaikosLondon, England
19:45 BST Adams Goal 64'
Keown Goal 72'
Report Goal 88' Mauro Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 73,454
Referee: Antonio López Nieto (Spain)
21 October 1998 3Arsenal England1–1Ukraine Dynamo KyivLondon, England
19:45 GMT Bergkamp Goal 74' Report Goal 90' Rebrov Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 73,256
Referee: Ryszard Wójcik (Poland)
4 November 1998 4Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine3–1England ArsenalKyiv, Ukraine
21:45 EST Rebrov Goal 27' (pen.)
Holovko Goal 62'
Shevchenko Goal 72'
Report Goal 83' Hughes Stadium: Olimpiysky National Sports Complex
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Piero Ceccarini (Italy)
25 November 1998 5Arsenal England0–1France LensLondon, England
19:45 GMT Report Goal 72' Debève Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 73,707
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
9 December 1998 6Panathinaikos Greece1–3England ArsenalAthens, Greece
21:45 EST Sypniewski Goal 74' Goal 65' (o.g.) Asanović
Goal 80' Anelka
Goal 86' Boa Morte
Stadium: Spiridon Louis
Attendance: 41,105
Referee: Stefano Braschi (Italy)

Player statistics[edit]

Arsenal used a total of 30 players during the 1998–99 season and there were 14 different goalscorers. There were also three squad members who did not make a first-team appearance in the campaign. Overmars featured in 49 matches – the most of any Arsenal player in the campaign. Vivas made the most appearances as a substitute with 18.

The team scored a total of 82 goals in all competitions. The highest scorer was Anelka, with 19 goals, followed by Bergkamp who scored 16 goals. Three Arsenal players were sent off during the season: Dixon, Keown and Petit (twice).

Key

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute. Players with number 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 Charity Shield Champions League Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangular card A red rectangular card
1 GK  ENG David Seaman 32 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 44 0 0 0
2 DF  ENG Lee Dixon 36 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 48 0 7 1
3 DF  ENG Nigel Winterburn 30 0 6 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 42 0 8 0
4 MF  FRA Patrick Vieira 34 3 5 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 43 4 7 0
5 DF  ENG Steve Bould 14 (5) 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 19 (8) 0 3 0
6 DF  ENG Tony Adams 26 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 36 2 4 0
7 DF  ARG Nelson Vivas 10 (13) 0 4 (2) 0 2 1 0 0 2 (3) 0 18 (18) 1 5 0
8 MF  SWE Freddie Ljungberg 10 (6) 1 2 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 (7) 1 4 0
9 FW  FRA Nicolas Anelka 34 (1) 17 5 0 0 0 1 1 5 1 44 (1) 19 0 0
10 FW  NED Dennis Bergkamp 28 (1) 12 6 3 1 0 1 0 3 1 40 (1) 16 5 0
11 MF  NED Marc Overmars 37 6 6 (1) 4 0 0 1 1 4 1 48 (1) 12 2 0
12 FW  LBR Christopher Wreh 3 (9) 0 0 0 2 0 (1) 1 3 0 8 (10) 1 0 0
13 GK  AUT Alex Manninger 6 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
14 DF  ENG Martin Keown 34 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 44 1 7 1
15 MF  ENG Ray Parlour 35 6 7 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 47 6 3 0
16 MF  ENG Stephen Hughes 4 (10) 1 2 (2) 0 2 0 (1) 0 2 (2) 1 10 (15) 2 0 0
17 MF  FRA Emmanuel Petit 26 (1) 4 3 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 33 (1) 6 8 2
18 DF  FRA Gilles Grimandi 3 (5) 0 1 (1) 0 2 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 7 (8) 0 1 0
19 MF  FRA Rémi Garde 6 (4) 0 2 (2) 0 2 0 0 0 3 (2) 0 13 (8) 0 2 0
20 DF  ENG Matthew Upson (5) 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 (5) 0 0 0
21 MF  POR Luís Boa Morte 2 (6) 0 1 1 2 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 1 5 (7) 2 0 0
22 DF  FRA David Grondin 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0
23 MF  GER Alberto Méndez 0 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 1 1 3 (1) 1 0 0
25 FW  NGR Nwankwo Kanu 5 (7) 6 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 (12) 8 0 0
26 FW  ARG Fabián Caballero (1) 0 (1) 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 (3) 0 0 0
27 FW  FRA Kaba Diawara 2 (10) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (12) 0 0 0
28 MF  ENG Michael Black 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 (1) 0 0 0
29 DF  ENG Jason Crowe 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
30 MF  ENG Paolo Vernazza 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
32 FW  ENG Omer Riza 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0

Source:[1][97]

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