A double from George Armstrong meant Arsenal triumphed in the first north London derby of the double-winning season. It would be four and half years before the winger would repeat this, January 1975 in a 3 – 0 win over Coventry City at Highbury.
The 1970-71 season started two wins and three draws in the opening six matches. To put matters into perspective, that run of fixtures included the visits of Manchester United and Don Revie’s Leeds United to Highbury, as well as visiting the previous season’s FA Cup winners, Chelsea, and Champions, Everton. The small matter of a London derby at Upton Park completed arguably the most difficult start to a season imaginable.
To emerge from those with a solitary defeat – at Stamford Bridge – was impressive and the solid foundation upon which the season’s glory was built.
The crowd of 48,713 was bettered twice at Highbury in the League, the visits of Manchester United and Stoke City in the final home game of the season, were the occasions when the attendances topped 50,000.