So Arsenal win at their last ever match at Highbury, finish fourth and overtake Spurs into the final Champions League spot. Even with a piss-poor penalty fron Teddy Sheringham.
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The best possible send off to Highbury – emotional stuff!
Do I believe in fate?
Well Spurs went down with food poisoning, which when I first heard I thought it was a ploy to beat West Ham – if they successfully had the game re-arranged for later in the week you could guarantee that Pardew would play NO first team players, especially with the FA Cup Final only next weekend.
But surprisingly the game went ahead, and Spurs had to play at Upton Park. I thought Spurs would be successful in trying to con the FA and the Premier League.
But for once the authorities actually stood strong!
At Highbury it was a game no Arsenal fan could ever forget – it had action, goals, suspense – everything!
Arsenal went 1-0 up after 7 minutes thanks to Robert Pires, after a knock-down from Sol Campbell from a Cesc cross.
But then Arsenal conceded after minutes of the re-start, thanks to a goal from Paul Scharner who was an Arsenal fan as a boy. What a moment for him as he scored at the final ever game at Highbury.
And on 34 minutes Wigan went ahead from, it has to said, an audacious from David Thompson who saw Lehmann out of position and cleverly clipped his freekick into the near post.
But if anyone was going to be the star of the show then it was best player in the Premiership, captain of Arsenal and all-round genius Thierry Henry, who scored a hattrick for the perfect Highbury send off.
His first was a classic Henry goal, after being fed by fellow Frenchman Pires. The second was a cheeky goal, taken from a David Thompson pass-back. Then finally to seal the win and the 4th place in the Premiership, Freddie won a penalty which Henry converted with aplomb.
Could today have been any better?
It was the perfect day, the perfect send off and the perfect result.
I’ll see you in Paris!