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Monday 17 June 2013

On this day: Overmars flies in to join Arsenal

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Gunners signing a Dutch winger

  • Marc Overmars joined Arsenal during a busy summer of transfers for Arsenal

  • Overmars scored the winner to beat Man Utd as the title race swung in Arsenal's favour

  • Overmars returned to Arsenal for Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial in 2006 rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 17 June 1997 - Arsenal sign Marc Overmars

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.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day a Dutch winger signed for Arsenal