The Premier League replaced the First Division, as the clubs irrevocably assumed more power in the English game. David Dein, along with Philip Carter of Everton, had been a prime mover in its creation, the inexorable march toward today’s greed-riven game had begun.
And it turned out to be a damp squib for Arsenal. The first hint that things were going awry came as a parachutist ended up in the the North Bank building site, to a mixture of laughter, derision and concern for his well-being.
From then on, it seemed to be going to plan. Arsenal dominated the match, took a two-goal lead which should really have been more. And then the wheels came off, spectacularly, as Norwich scored four goals in fifteen minutes to take the points back to Carrow Road.
Arsenal, pre-season title favourites, made an inauspicious start to life in the Premier League. They followed this with a defeat against Blackburn Rovers, thanks to a late, heavily-deflected Alan Shearer goal at Ewood Park. It all came together the following Sunday when the team showed their credentials, winning 2 – 0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Ian Wright and Anders Limpar.