Sunday 14 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Manchester United won their seventh Barclays Premier League title in nine years when lowly Middlesbrough shocked second-placed Arsenal at Highbury.
Arsenal dominated the match but were the architects of their own downfall as own goals from Brazilians Edu and Sylvinho gave Terry Venables’ team a 2-0 half-time lead.
Arsene Wenger’s side continued to dominate after the break but could find no way past Mark Schwarzer and the result was sealed when Hamilton Ricard scored a third for Middlesbrough after exchanging passes with Alen Boksic.
The defeat for Arsenal combined with Manchester United’s 4-2 win over Coventry City meant that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men could not be caught, with a 16-point lead and five matches remaining.
For Middlesbrough the three points lifted them to 16th, a position from which they safely negotiated a passage to safety in the division.
“We had a bit of good fortune but it is nice to have that now and again, but we played well and defended well,” said Boro head coach Terry Venables.