Highbury bows out with Henry hat-trick.


Hall of Fame Member
Oct 9, 2004
It's the final day of the season.

It's Arsenal's last ever game at their stadium Highbury - and what better way to leave the old stadium by a hat-trick from Thierry Henry in a win against Wigan Athletic that secured fourth spot in the Premiership for Arsenal at the expense of local North London rivals Tottenhman Hotspur?

Tottenham started the day in fourth place, 1 point ahead of Arsenal. But they lost 2-1 against fellow Londoners West Ham.

Henry hat-trick secures fourth place
7th May 2006

Arsenal 4-2 Wigan Athletic
Pires 8........Scharner 10
Henry.........Thompson 33
76 pen

Thierry Henry's hat-trick enabled Arsenal to make sure of fourth place in the Barclays Premiership - and a crack at next year's Champions League - in their final match at Highbury.

The Gunners led through Robert Pires' eighth-minute goal but efforts from Paul Scharner and David Thompson turned it round by the 33rd minute.

But the inspirational Henry took over, levelling the scores in the 35th minute and making sure of a winning farewell to their famous home with goals in the 56th and 75th minutes - the latter a penalty after substitute Freddie Ljungberg had been fouled.


Highbury - Arsenal's home since 1913.

The Emirates Stadium - Arsenal's home from July 2006.


The other results -

Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Birmingham City
Everton 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough
Manchester United 4-0 Charlton Athletic
Newcastle United 1-0 Chelsea
Portsmouth 1-3 Liverpool
West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Competitions that teams will play in next season -

Champions League - Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal

UEFA Cup - Tottenham, Blackburn, West Ham

Intertoto Cup - Newcastle (win a game over 2 legs and will also reach UEFA Cup

Final Premiership Table

(C)Chelsea 91
Man Utd 83
Liverpool 82
Arsenal 67
Tottenham 65
Blackburn 63
Newcastle 58
Bolton 56
West Ham 55
Wigan 51
Everton 50
Fulham 48
Charlton 47
Middlesbrough 45
Man City 43
Aston Villa 42
Portsmouth 38
(R)Birmingham 34
(R)West Brom 30
(R)Sunderland 15