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Thursday 14 March 2013

On this day: Overmars turns title race for Arsenal

In series on Premier League's history, we look at important win for Arsenal at Old Trafford in 1998

  • Marc Overmars outsprinted Gary Neville to shoot on goal at Old Trafford

  • Overmars slotted the ball through Peter Schmeichel's legs

  • Nicolas Anelka, who had flicked the ball on to Overmars, celebrates the strike

  • Overmars celebrates the key victory with Luis Boa Morte rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 14 March 1998: Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal

Marc Overmars struck the decisive goal ten minutes from time as Arsenal beat Manchester United at Old Trafford to confirm the shift in momentum in the title race.

The goal was an incisive finish through the legs of Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, after headers from Dennis Bergkamp and Nicolas Anelka had put the Netherlands winger, who had outpaced Gary Neville, through on goal.

The result put Arsenal six points behind United with three games in hand, and they went on to win the league with two matches to spare after picking up 44 points from a possible 48 from the beginning of 1998.

“It was an amazing goal because every year I see it a few times when the match against Manchester happens,” said Overmars, looking back on the match. "To be honest that was the turning point for Arsenal football club.

“If we had lost that match it was over, and we went on to win every match after that to win the title.”

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • A decisive victory for Arsenal at Old Trafford in 1998 is remembered