Saturday 20 September 1969
Arsenal 1 ( Graham 17, Sammels 58)
Manchester Utd 0
There are times when the sun shines on a new day, you know you might experience something new. And so it was at Highbury, where an Arsenal side played some creative and adventurous football to beat Man United. Arsenal’s losing streak has truly come to an end after a mere half week. They performed well in the North London derby midweek and continued that performance on Saturday. Arsenal’s intent began in the second minute when George Graham glided across the box and hit the post with his endevour. His next major action provided a better reward for his creativity. he received the ball from McLintock and proceeded to bedevil and humiliate the United defence as he pranced through them and scored a very deserved goal.
The only response United could muster was a shot that hit the post by Best. Best pushed and shoved all game trying to create something for the visitors. But he was alone in the struggle and all his actions whimpered away.
It was Sammels near the hour mark that made sure United wouldn’t get near any points from the game. After 5 losses, Arsenal are back on song and have won two tough challenges. Arsenal must now be relishing the coming games.
Arsenal: Webster; Storey, Rice, McLintock, Court, Simpson, J.Robertson, Sammels, Radford, G.Graham, G.Armstrong
Manchester Utd.: Stepney; Fitzpatrick, Dunne, F.Burns, Ure, Sadler, Morgan, Kidd, Charlton, Aston, G.Best