"Awesome Arsenal take top spot"

"Six-goal Gunners blast out title warning"

Arsène Wenger before the match: "Without Dennis Bergkamp it is more difficult to score goals."

Sat. 24 April, 1999

Middlesbrough (0) 1 Arsenal (3) 6

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Bould, Adams, Winterburn, Parlour, Vieira, Petit (Hughes 86), Overmars (Diawara 70), Anelka, Kanu (Vivas 79). Unused: Lukic, Grimandi.

0-1 - 0-2 - 0-3 - 0-4 - 0-5 - 0-6


The goals one by one

Anatomy of a goal

What the papers said: Breathtaking Arsenal

What the fans thought: Boring, boring Arsenal

Farewell to the Riverside

All material in these pages is from media, Arsenal and Boro sources, as indicated below
3 mins: 0-1

"Patrick Vieira bamboozled Andy Townsend by flicking the ball casually over his head and when he slipped a pass through to Nicolas Anelka, Steve Vickers mistimed his tackle and Marc Overmars converted the penalty."
38 mins: 0-2

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"Anelka took the pressure off with Arsenal's second, a masterpiece of simplicity. Dean Gordon fumbled, Vieira pounced, and slid a precision diagonal pass to the teenager. He finished with the combination of accuracy and arrogance which is so Nicolas Anelka."
45 mins: 0-3

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"Kanu began the move, beating Gordon to put Anelka free on the right flank. His low cross was nudged by Overmars and Kanu neatly side-stepped Gordon to ram home his shot."
58 mins: 0-4

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"a goal of beautiful simplicity, economy and selflessness. Vieira started and finished this one. He played a one-two that freed Anelka on the right and then hurtled towards the box. Anelka cut inside and teed up Overmars who shaped to shoot but passed the ball square to Vieira instead and the Frenchman stroked it past Schwarzer."
60 mins: 0-5

Anatomy of a goal

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"There was one hour on the clock, four goals in the Middlesbrough net and Arsenal were on the march again. Ray Parlour had the ball on the edge of the Boro area and was confronted by a couple of by then exceedingly indecisive defenders. Parlour swatted the ball nonchalantly into space with the outside of his right foot, leaving the Boro players Vladimir Kinder and Dean Gordon unsure whether to make the first move for it.

By the time they had thought about it Lee Dixon was in possession and measuring up a cross to Nwankwo Kanu lurking near the penalty spot. Duly the ball was centred, but it was at an unpromising height, Kanu had a marker, and besides he was side-on to goal. Maybe he would lay it off.

No. What Kanu did was rush at the speeding ball, accept it first time and initiate a sort of airborne Cruyff turn all in the one liquid move. With a flick cum drag-back he dispatched a back-heel volley into the bottom corner. It probably had back-spin on it."

79 mins: 0-6

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"Anelka sent three defenders for an early cup of tea before blasting home number six. "

Number 3!!!

Number 4!!!!

Number 5!!!!!

Thanks for quotes and photos to various newspapers, BBC, Carling, and AFCi, @fc and Arsenal World, and to the Boro websites (here and here); the video clips are on Gustav Nygren's site. Especial thanks to Arseweb for most of the links to the sources for these Awesome pages.
Updated: 28 June, 2002
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