Following Arsenal's fantastic fightback in the Capital One Cup against Reading, which saw them win 7-5 in extra-time after initially going four down, we are looking at other brilliant Gooner comebacks.
Never mind seven years without a trophy, Arsenal were on a 17-year barren spell before their dramatic win in the 1970 Fairs Cup final against Anderlecht. Under Bertie Mee, the Gunners pitched up at Highbury trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Belgium, but with the home crowd behind them, they turned the two-legged final around. Midfielder Eddie Kelly gave them hope in the first half, then John Radford, a forward who played 481 times for the Gunners and central midfield man Jon Sammels gave the club a 4-3 aggregate win.
Unbeatable? It certainly seemed like it
Boro came close to derailing the club's ambition of equalling Forest's 26-year League record of 42 games unbeaten when they went 3-1 ahead at Highbury in August 2004. Thierry Henry had scored first, but Joseph-Desire Job, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Franck Queudrue gave the visitors an unlikely lead until Arsenal took over as Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Reyes, Robert Pires and Henry again made it 5-3. Wenger's boys kept up the run until October when Man United ended the run on 49 games.
The almost Invincibles have bottle (even without Tony Adams)
After 13 games of the 1990/91 season, Arsenal trailed champions Liverpool by eight points as December approached. The Gunners had been deducted two points for their players' part in a brawl with Manchester United earlier in the season and things got worse when captain Tony Adams was sent to prison a week before Christmas for a drink-driving offence. Despite this, George Graham's team hauled Liverpool back, losing just one league match all season as they eventually cantered to the title.
Ten-men make a titanic comeback
“I don't feel unlucky. Angry isn't the right word because we are all angry with ourselves. That result today was a result which came from committing suicide.” Bolton manager Gary Megson's comments came after his side threw away a two-goal half-time lead as well as a one man advantage following the dismissal of Abou Diaby in March 2008. To borrow a football cliché, the Gunners dug deep to claw their way back into the game thanks to William Gallas, Robin Van Persie and a Jlloyd Samuel own goal on 90 minutes to hang on in the 2007/08 title race.
White Hart pain for Spurs
When David Rocastle scored a 90th minute goal to send Arsenal into the 1987 League Cup final at the expense of Tottenham, it was the first time in 300-minutes of a three-match encounter that the Gunners had actually led their bitter rivals. Spurs had won the first leg at Highbury 1-0 thanks to a Clive Allen goal and in the return at White Hart Lane, Allen again put the home side in front and seemingly coasting to Wembley. However, Viv Anderson and Niall Quinn forced extra-time fro Arsenal and, with no away goal rule in place, a replay was held at White Hart Lane.
Allen again gave Spurs the lead, but as the game entered its final stages, Ian Allinson pounced after 82 minutes to pull Arsenal level again. A frantic few minutes ensued until 'Rocky' Rocastle popped up with the winner. “This equals anything I achieved as a player and I hope it's just the start of a new era for this club,” manager George Graham said post-match, before hitching a lift home with Tottenham boss David Pleat.
In addition, last season saw Arsenal come from two down to beat their rivals 5-2 in a thrilling north London derby. The win ensured that Spurs did not record their first back-to-back league victories the home of their rivals for 86 years.
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