Leicester Sunk By Rix And O’Leary One-Two At Arsenal On This Day, 2nd April 1977

It’s hard to know which is more exceptional in what is a routine fixture; Graham Rix’s debut Arsenal goal or – as far as I can see – the only time David O’Leary scored twice for the club in a competitive fixture.

Going into this fixture, Leicester were in sixth place – generally the lowest place in the League that would grant a Uefa Cup spot – in the First Division. Arsenal lagged seven points behind in eleventh. In the remaining ten games, Arsenal dropped just six points to finish eighth and a point ahead of their opponents.

This win ended an abysmal run for Arsenal. Victory over Norwich City by a single goal at Highbury to reach fourth place heralded a run of three draws and nine defeats in the following twelve games that put paid to any hopes of a return to the glory days in Terry Neill’s first season in charge. As it was the season saw a marked improvement on Bertie Mee’s final campaign when the club flirted with relegation before finishing in seventeenth.

Suffice to say, Richard Yallop was unimpressed by the fare on being served up with a wonderful put-down at the close of this report.

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Leicester 3-0