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Wednesday 05 February 2014

On this day in 2000: Bradford shock Arsenal

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Bradford’s surprise win against the Gunners

  • Goals from Dean Windass (right) and Dean Saunders earned Bradford a shock win

  • Saunders scored the winner on 57 minutes to boost Bradford's survival hopes

  • Thierry Henry netted the Gunners, but it wasn't enough as the visitors succumbed to defeat rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

5 February 2000: Bradford City 2-1 Arsenal

Dean Saunders hit a 57th-minute winner to dent Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League title ambitions and offer Bradford City hope in their fight against relegation.

Saunders hit his third Barclays Premier League goal for the Bantams to seal their second successive victory and bring them level on points with 17th-placed Derby County in the table.

It was only Arsenal’s fourth league defeat of the season and left them in third, three points behind Leeds United and nine adrift of leaders Manchester United with only 14 matches remaining.

Dean Windass gave Bradford the perfect start in the 10th minute when he curled home a superb free-kick from the edge of the area for the 100th league goal of his career. The lead only lasted three minutes before Thierry Henry equalised with his eighth league goal of the season with a low shot past Aidan Davison.

Davor Suker came close for the visitors before Davison saved Fredrik Ljungberg’s diving header.

Bradford won it when Gareth Whalley sent Saunders away and he tucked the ball under the advancing David Seaman.

Wayne Jacobs cleared another Ljungberg header off the line and the introduction of Dennis Bergkamp could not rescue a point for the Gunners.

“Any point in the Premier League is a hardfought point – especially three against Arsenal," Bradford City manager Paul Jewell said. "Our performance was outstanding, as was the players’ work-rate.”

There were contrasting emotions for the two clubs on the final day of the season as Bradford earned a dramatic 1-0 win over Liverpool to stay in the Barclays Premier League while Arsenal finished second, 18 points behind champions Man Utd.

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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 when Bradford boosted their survival hopes with a shock 2-1 win over high-flying Arsenal