Spurs haven’t finished above Arsenal since the 1994/95 season; what did that Arsenal team look like?

  • Arsenal finished in 12th, Spurs in 7th
  • Gunners lost 17 matches, drew 12, won 13
  • Tottenham set to finish above Arsenal for first time in 22 years

It’s been 22 years since Spurs last finished above Arsenal in the Premier League. The Gunners finished down in 12th while Tottenham had a decent season, finishing seventh.

It was also the season Blackburn Rovers, after an injection of money from new owner Jack Walker, won the title.

Manchester United ended up second, one point below Blackburn, Nottingham Forest finished third and Liverpool came fourth.

Arsenal began the campaign strongly under George Graham, beating Manchester City 3-0. However, this was followed by losses to Leeds and Liverpool.

Before Christmas, Arsenal had won just six out of 19 Premier League matches.

Graham was sacked on 22 February and caretaker manager Stewart Houston took over.

It didn’t get any better and the Gunners won just seven out of their final 23 games.

Overall, Arsenal lost 17, drew 12 and won 13.

The team

Goalkeeper – David Seaman

Right-back – Lee Dixon

Centreback – Tony Adams

Centreback – Steve Bould

Left-back – Gavin McGowan

Central midfielder – John Jensen

Central midfielder – Paul Merson

Central midfielder – Ray Parlour

Centre-forward – Glenn Helder

Centre-forward – John Hartson

Centre-forward – Ian Wright

On paper, a decent team. However, managerial drama behind the scenes, ie Graham’s sacking due to accepting an illegal payout for two of Arsenal’s players, wreaked havoc.