16 May: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0. FA Cup final.

And so the second double was completed.  Without Bergkamp Arsenal played Christopher Wreh as centre forward rather than Ian Wright.   

But it could so easily have been otherwise as way back in the third round Arsenal were at home to Port Vale and sent out the team of


Grimandi Keown Bould Winterburn

Parlour Vieira Petit Overmars

Anelka Bergkamp

Not much wrong with that team.  No taking the FA Cup too lightly eh? 

The problem was we drew 0-0 at Highbury.   Still the replay would be fine – except that we drew that too, 1-1 in extra time.   We won on penalties.

In fact the FA Cup did give us some problems that season.   We had another 0-0 at home in the fifth round with Crystal Palace, and against West Ham in the sixth we once again had to go to penalties.

But it all turned out right in the end.