On this day in 2005, Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 at Highbury to claim their third win of the Premier League season, having lost of their opening games.

Arsenal's Sol Campbell heads the Ball past Evertons defence and goalkeeper Richard Wright during their Premiership match at home to Arsenal at Highbury footabll grounds, London 19 September 2005. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA
Arsenal’s Sol Campbell heads the Ball past Evertons defence and goalkeeper Richard Wright during their Premiership match at home to Arsenal at Highbury footabll grounds, London 19 September 2005. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA

Sol Campbell returned to the league side after missing the first four games of the season with an Achilles tendon injury, taking the captain’s armband. He opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, rising to meet a Jose Antonio Reyes freekick to head home.

Arsenal’s second of the game came 20 minutes later when Reyes again hung up a free kick for the Arsenal captain to meet, doubling Arsenal’s lead.

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jose Antonio Reyes of Arsenal is tackled and fouled by Tony Hibbert of Everton during the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Everton at Highbury on September 19, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON – SEPTEMBER 19: Jose Antonio Reyes of Arsenal is tackled and fouled by Tony Hibbert of Everton during the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Everton at Highbury on September 19, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The game, taking place on David Seaman’s 42nd birthday, also saw a debut handed to a 17-year-old Alexandre Song.

This was the back page of the Daily Mail the following day:

daily mail 20 september 2005
Daily Mail, 20 September 2005

And the inside article:

daily mail 20 september 20052

After the win, Arsenal were in seventh place on nine points from five games, below the likes of Chelsea, Charlton, United, Bolton, City, and West Ham.

They were still, however, above Tottenham.

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