CITY 1 ARSENAL 2
FA Barclaycard Premiership
31st August 2003
City Lauren(10 o.g.)
Arsenal Wiltord(48), Ljungberg(72)
City Seaman, Sommeil, Distin, Sun, Tarnat, Barton, Bosvelt, Wright-Phillips, Sinclair, Anelka, Sibierski subs Tiatto(68), Fowler(80), Berkovic(80), Weaver(unused), Dunne(unused)
Arsenal Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Keown, Cole, Ljungberg, Gilberto, Vieira, Pires, Wiltord, Henry – subs Parlour(77), Bergkamp(77), Edu(84), Cygan(unused), Taylor(unused)
CITY GO 1-0 UP COURTESY OF A LAUREN OWN GOAL
WHAT THE PAPERS SAID
Victory at The City of Manchester Stadium left Arsenal with the..Premiership’s only perfect record. Perfection was, though, something they did not even come close to on an afternoon when they had to overcome a comical own goal by Lauren and the worst 45 minutes that any of their fans can remember.
…Four goals down within 19 minutes of the corresponding fixture last season, City were determined not to be humiliated. The sprightly Shaun Wright-Phillips was slipping past Ashley Cole and even Patrick Vieira was succumbing to lethargy.
THE TIMES 1ST SEPTEMBER 2003