WINNER: Arsenal Defined in a Moment

As
I’m sure you’ll have been aware, we’ve been running a superb ‘Defining Moments’
competition which has given you the chance to win a superb Thierry Henry print
courtesy of Matthew Slaymaker.

We’ve been asking for you to send in your own
defining moments along with a  few words to explain why that picture is
special to you.

Thank you to all those who entered, and we had some
really top contributions.

From all of those entries we managed to narrow it
down to five along with the help of Mr. Slaymaker, and left the rest of it up
to you in a public poll.

Well today is the day, where Gunners Town can
reveal the winner of the site’s first-ever competition; a monumental feat that
will go down in history and Gooner folklore.

Congratulations
to Daneal Masarati who chose to submit this image of, arguably, the best moment in the
history of Arsenal Football Club; the day we finish the 2003/04 Premier League
season as unbeaten champions!

Upon
choosing his entry, Daneal had this to say:

“A defining
moment in Arsenal’s history. Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry laying down on
Highbury pitch after celebrating Arsenal’s title in the 2003/2004 Leicester
City Home fixture. (Which Arsenal ended up winning 2-1).

Two
of the main reasons of Arsenal incredible unbeaten run relaxing on the ground,
enjoying the moment and perhaps thinking of just having re-write the history’s
books.

In
2012 Arsenal’s “invincibles”, who finished the entire season
unbeaten, was voted as Best Team in Premier League history.

During
the celebration Sol Campbell said “This season we magical – We played some
fantastic football this season, we tremendous”. The frenchman added
“People will remember that the season 2003/2004 we were unbeatable”.

This
is the moment that put Arsenal in football’s history.”

Matt
Slaymaker certainly enjoyed this piece, and his reaction was:

“The finest period of
football I’ve ever had the privilege to watch at The Arsenal. As the original
poster said, this was moment the club transcended all previous achievements,
and took their place as one of the greatest sides in footballing history.”

Every Gooner up and down
the country can remember where they were at the time, and recollect the game
like the back of their hand.

Arsenal lined up against
already relegated Leicester City in front of a capacity crowd at Highbury that
marked the day where we would be finally crowd champions of the country.

However, we had a bigger
picture in mind, and that was to avoid defeat, almost a certainty against the
Championship-bound Foxes, and make history to go the entire campaign without
defeat.

There was one slight
problem though, Leicester didn’t read the script.

With the game at 0-0, a
cross was looped into the far post where former Gunner Paul Dickov was lurking,
he prodded his head towards the ball and watched his effort hit the back of the
net.

1-0   Leicester,
and the Arsenal were losing.

That was the way it
stayed until after the break, when Dennis Bergkamp’s pinpoint pass found Ashley
Cole of all people in the box, he was bundled over, PENALTY!

Up stepped Thierry
Henry, 1-1!

Shortly after Bergkamp,
who was pulling the strings that afternoon, held the ball up in the middle of
the Leicester half and assessed his options, before threading through a
brilliant pass to captain Patrick Vieira, who round the keeper before slotting
home the winner!

History had been made, a
moment that defined Arsenal. 

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