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'Glorious Gunners rise from the dead'

With a 0-0 draw at home to Coventry City and a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Arsenal’s league form was a little shaky as they prepared to square up with Tottenham in a two-legged Littlewoods Cup tie in February and March 1987. Tottenham’s fine track record in cup competitions during the early ‘80s      (they’d won FA Cups in 1981 and 1982 and the UEFA Cup in 1984), meant they were considered slight favourites to win over both legs of the semi-final. At Highbury in the first leg, George Graham’s side spluttered. Badly missing the David Rocastle/Viv Anderson combination down the right-hand side, Arsenal seemed toothless, and Clive Allen’s 34th goal of the season gave his side a...
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