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Thursday 25 April 2013

On this day: Arsenal win title at White Hart Lane

In our series looking at Premier League history, a draw with Spurs seals title triumph

  • Patrick Vieira puts Arsenal ahead after a fine move on three minutes

  • Robert Pires converts Vieira's cross to put Arsenal two in front

  • Tottenham score two second-half goals but Arsenal were not to be denied the title

  • Gael Clichy leads the Arsenal celebrations at White Hart Lane rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 25 April 2004 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal

Winning the Barclays Premier League title is always a sweet moment but making sure of the triumph at the home of your greatest rivals makes it even more memorable.

It was the 2003/04 campaign and the season that the Gunners were peerless, going into the North London derby unbeaten with 24 wins and nine draws from the 33 matches they had played.

Earlier in the day, closest rivals Chelsea had dropped points as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle United leaving Arsenal requiring only a point to secure their third Premier League title.

"We've been remarkably consistent"
Arsene Wenger

And the celebration party in the away end began after only three minutes when Arsenal took the lead with a trademark sweeping counter attack that led to Dennis Bergkamp squaring for Patrick Vieira to slide home.

The lead was doubled 10 minutes before the break, Bergkamp and Vieira involved again before Robert Pires guided the ball home into the far corner past  Kasey Keller.

Arsenal did not have it their own way, however, and Jamie Radknapp pulled a goal back with a sweet left-foot strike from outside the area.

Spurs then pulled level with a powerful Robbie Keane penalty four minutes into injury time to set the Arsenal nerves jangling but the visitors were not to be denied, the final whistle sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

"The overall achievement of the club has been tremendous," said manager Arsene Wenger afterwards. "The championship is where you see how good a team is. All the players have had a remarkable attitude and all my staff have been fantastic.

"We've been remarkably consistent, haven't lost a game and we have played stylish football. We have entertained people who just love football."

Arsenal came through their final three matches against Birmingham, Portsmouth and Leicester to become the first side since Preston in the 1880s to go through an entire season unbeaten.

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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
  • We remember Arsenal winning the title at the home of Tottenham Hotspur