Monday 17 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Arsenal continued their busy summer of spending ahead of the 1997/98 season with the capture of Dutch star Marc Overmars from Ajax.
The pacey wideman, regarded as one of Europe’s finest wingers, joined Emmanuel Petit, Matthew Upson and Alex Manninger in signing for the London club, who were preparing for their first full season under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger.
Overmars made an instant impact, soon becoming a key part of Wenger’s swashbuckling side and played an important role in helping Arsenal win the Double.
It was his goal that secured a crucial victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford, which helped Arsenal as they clawed back a 12-point deficit to pip Sir Alex Ferguson's team to the Barclays Premier League title. Overmars also scored the opening goal as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United in the 2008 FA Cup final.
It total, Overmars made 101 League appearances for Arsenal, scoring 25 goals, before he was sold to Spanish side Barcelona in 2000.