Title Won At Stamford Bridge By Arsenal On This Day, 22nd April 1933

Previously Arsenal had gained enough points that required Newcastle United to win their remaining four games scoring forty goals in the process. This match confirmed the destination of the title as Highbury. Having fallen two points short of retaining the Champions mantle in the previous campaign – they had a superior goal difference to eventual title winners Everton – Arsenal set about regaining the trophy with a zest.

They lost one of their opening fourteen matches, with eight and seven scored past Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively in successive weeks. The win over Leicester took Arsenal top of the table for the first time in the season. From that October weekend, they remained top for all bar one week when a 5 – 3 defeat at Villa Park saw them drop to second. It was a temporary blip, top spot reclaimed with a 4 – 2 win over Middlesbrough.

Losing just once more before Christmas, Arsenal went into the festive period bouyed by a 9 – 2 thrashing of Sheffield United. They wobbled spectacularly by their standards. Beginning with a 3 – 2 defeat to Leeds on Boxing Day 1932, Arsenal drew 5 and lost 7 of their next 16 games including the infamous 0 – 2 defeat at the hands of Walsall in the FA Cup Third Round.

Yet they remained top throughout and five wins and a draw in April, culminating with this one at Stamford Bridge, saw them crowned Champions once more.

This the first of a three titles in a row, was also the beginning of a phenomenal record. Arsenal have now won the title on the grounds of their closest rivals: Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane, Anfield, Old Trafford. An astonishing feat.

 

 

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