OTD Arsenal make UEFA Cup final

On 20 April 2000, Arsenal beat Lens away 2-1, sending themselves through to the UEFA Cup final.

After finishing third in their Champions League group behind Barcelona and Fiorentina, Arsenal were put through to the UEFA Cup, which has since been renamed the Europa League.

In November, they faced Nantes, beating them 6-3 on aggregate over both legs, before winning their first match against Deportivo 5-1. Although the Spanish team won 2-1 at Estadio Riazor, Arsenal’s impressive first leg display was more than enough to send them through to the quarter finals where they beat Werder Bremen.

The Gunners then drew Lens in the semis, with goals from Thierry Henry and Kanu sealing the victory at Stade Félix-Bollaert after drawing the first leg 0-0.

Arsenal faced Galatasaray in the final at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. However, after extra time the scoreline was 0-0, sending the tie to penalties, which the Turkish side won 4-1.

Former Tottenham player, Gica Popescu, scored the winning spot-kick.

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