On This Day – October 19th 2002
This was the game in which 16-year-old Wayne Rooney came off the bench to announce himself to the football world, scoring a sensational last-minute goal (his first in the Premier League) and ending Arsenal’s 30-game unbeaten run in the process.
Coming in to the match, the Gunners were top of the table while Everton were midway with eleven points from nine games and had just been been beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford, with all three goals coming in the last five minutes.
This clash appeared to be going to the formbook when Freddie Ljungberg put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes but the Blues battled back and fifteen minutes later Tomaz Radzinski levelled things up. Sylvain Wiltord came closest to restoring the lead of Arsene Wenger’s side when he hit the post, but then in the dying seconds Rooney struck, unleashing an unstoppable shot which David Seaman could do nothing about.
The loss meant Arsenal were displaced as leaders by Liverpool but ultimately it was Manchester United who were crowned champions, beating Everton on the final day of the season 2-1 at Goodison, despite Kevin Campbell having given David Moyes’ team an early lead.
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