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Arsenal’s Dramatic 1989 Title Win To Receive Hollywood Treatment

Arsenal celebrate after winning the First Division Championship with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool, 26th May 1989. Back row (left-right): Ian Allinson, Gary Lewin, Alan Miller, Steve Morrow, Niall Quinn, Alan Smith, Brian Marwood, Nigel Winterburn, Perry Groves, John Lukic, Kevin Campbell, David O'Leary. Front row: Paul Davis, Kevin Richardson, Michael Thomas, Martin Hayes, David Rocastle, Lee Dixon and Theo Foley. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

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.

26 May 1989 Football League Division One - Liverpool v Arsenal, Michael Thomas avoids the challenge of Ray Houghton to score Arsenal's last minute title winning goal. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)
Michael Thomas avoids the challenge of Ray Houghton to score Arsenal’s last-minute title-winning goal.


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, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 26: Arsenal players from left Kevin Richardson, Steve Bould, Paul Merson and Alan Smith celebrate in the dressing room with the League Division One trophy after Arsenal had beaten Liverpool 2-0 in the final game of the season to pip Liverpool to the title, at Anfield on May 26, 1989 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

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 

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