Arsenal legend, Michael Thomas, earned just £250-a-week at the time he scored the Gunner’s dramatic title-winning goal at Anfield in 1989.
In a tiny piece in Saturday’s Daily Star, Thomas admits it was an “embarrassment,” what they were earning from the club at the time.
He also added, “I couldn’t believe we were doing so well and we are getting paid pennies.”
On 26 May 1989, Arsenal achieved a victory so dramatic it seemed as if it had almost been scripted.
The Premier League, still known as the First Division, saw Arsenal and Liverpool battle it out for the title at Anfield in a game Arsenal knew they had to win by two clear goals.
Anything less would see Liverpool crowned champions.
It was the closest title-race in the history of the First Division and going into the clash just three points separated the two teams. Liverpool were top on 76 while the Gunners were second with 73. Therefore, a win would bring Arsenal level on points and it would all go down to goal difference.
As the match ticked into its final minute, with only two minutes of stoppage time added on, Arsenal were only one-up and the title seemed destined to stay on Merseyside.
That was until the second minute of added time when Arsenal mounted their final attack.
It started from the back. Goalkeeper John Lukic passed the ball to Lee Dixon, who delivered a long ball to Smith. The forward flicked on the pass to Thomas.
Thomas then stormed through on goal and slotted the ball home to win the match, the title and a place in history.
“Aldridge is down, Barnes is down, Dalglish just stands there.
“Nicol’s on his knees, McMahon’s on his knees.”
Liverpool, who were the reigning Champions at the time and had won the league 11 times in the previous 17 years, did not win the title again until 2020, some 30 years later.