When Arsenal won a ‘world title’ despite having their physio sent off

When Arsenal won a 'world title' despite having their physio sent off

Arsenal enjoyed the greatest night in their history in May 1989. A few months later they became unofficial world champions

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog

Arsenal spent a large part of the 1980s avoiding trophies, but then George Graham arrived at the club and, like London buses, one brought many. Some, such as their unforgettable league title in 1989, will be etched into the minds of fans forever. Others, such as the “world title” the club won in Florida a few months later, are not so well remembered.

The game in Miami that August, billed by some as the unofficial World Club Championship, pitted Arsenal against Independiente, the reigning champions of Argentina. It gave Graham a rare opportunity to test himself against overseas opposition and the trip to the US proved popular with the players.

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