Arsenal fans have been waiting 13 years for another title success following their last achievement in 2004. Older Arsenal fans will think back to their triumph in 1989 with much fondness too as they try to fill the gap in their long drought.
The good news for those Gunners fans is that 1989 epic finale to the season is going to receive the Hollywood treatment and be made into a movie.
According to the Mirror, Universal Pictures are to make a documentary movie of the story behind Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool to win the championship, when a Michael Thomas goal in the last minute clinched the title at Anfield in May 1989.
Manager George Graham and players Thomas, Alan Smith, John Lukic and Lee Dixon have all been invited to take part in the documentary of which a book will also be released on that historic victory.
Liverpool and Arsenal had been slogging it out together all season and the title looked to be heading to Anfield with Arsenal needing to win by two clear goals when the sides met in the final game of the season on May 26, 1989.
Smith had put his side 1-0 up, and with the clock ticking Liverpool would have still been crowned the champions as things stood with the Gunners needing another goal.
Thomas netted in the last minute of the game to break Liverpool hearts and give Arsenal the victory, and the Championship, despite many believing they had left themselves too much to do.
Liverpool star John Barnes received much criticism for giving the ball away in that last minute, where he would have been best advised to run to the corner and try and run down the clock.
It was Arsenal’s first title since 1971 and arguably one of the greatest final days in football history.
Arsenal fans will be happy to relive that famous night, while Liverpool fans, and especially Barnes, might want to give this one a miss.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena