OTD Arsenal make history against Juventus


On 23 April 1980, Arsenal became the first British club to win at Juventus in a competitive match.

After drawing 1-1 at Highbury in the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup, Arsenal traveled to Juventus.

The Gunners managed to win 1-0, taking the scoreline to 2-1 on aggregate, which is something no other British club had managed to do.

Paul Vaessen scored the winning goal after being subbed on for David Price and gained instant fame. However, his career was blighted by injury, which prevented him from fulfilling his true potential.

Vaessen’s goal put Arsenal through to the final against Valencia, which took place at the Heysel Stadium.

After full and extra time, the score was still at 0-0 and therefore the tie went to penalties, which Valencia won 5-4.

While Frank Stapleton, Alan Sunderland, Brian Talbot and John Hollins all netted their spot-kicks, Liam Brady and Graham Rix weren’t quite as lucky.

Meanwhile, Mario Kempes was the only Valencia player to miss his.