Arsenal 20 Years Ago: Cup Success & Keown Returns

Twenty years ago today Arsenal beat Crystal Palace in the first leg of the Coca Cola League Cup, to stay on course for a unique (at the time) cup double. The match featured two penalties, one for each side and both converted, plus two Alan Smith goals to give Arsenal a 3-1 advantage for the second leg.
Ian Wright opened the scoring from the spot after ten minutes, his 46th goal in 63 Arsenal matches. Arsenal were 2-0 up after 21 minutes through Smith and cruised to a 3-1 victory.
One interesting note is that future Arsenal player Eddie McGoldrick was detailed to man-mark Ian Wright, but utterly failed to control him. Palace manager Steve Coppell said: “After 20 minutes I knew I’d made a mistake. I gambled on Eddie McGoldrick. I made the decision to go man for man on them. Eddie being the quickest of...

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