As we look forward to Everton’s visit to Arsenal on Sunday we remember two famous away victories over the Gunners. Everton have a poor record away at Arsenal but in the Championship winning season of 1986-87 and under Joe Royle in 1995-96 the Blues left North London victorious.
As Everton pushed for a second title in three seasons, this win over Arsenal is seen by many as the pivotal match. The Blues had endured a difficult season, with many players out injured and defending Champions Liverpool appeared to be on course for a second consecutive title win. As the season reached the end of March, Liverpool were six points clear at the top, albeit the Blues did have two games in hand. The Blues travelled to Highbury knowing a win was essential and a solitary strike from Wayne Clarke was enough to seal the three points for the Toffees. Even better news was to come when the players left the pitch, with Liverpool suffering a surprise loss at Anfield to Wimbledon and in doing so, firmly handing Everton the initiative in the title race.
Our second match features the 1995-96 season. Under Joe Royle Everton were enjoying a mini renaissance and having won the FA Cup the previous season were pushing for a top five finish to secure UEFA Cup football. Arsenal were the Blues main rivals for that spot, so when Everton arrived at Highbury it promised to be a huge match. Despite falling behind to an Ian Wright goal, Everton powered back and second half goals from Graham Stuart and the brilliant Andrei Kanchelskis sealed a famous 2-1 victory.