2003 FA Cup Final

Last updated

2003 FA Cup Final
2003 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
The match programme cover
Event 2002–03 FA Cup
Date17 May 2003
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Referee Graham Barber (Hertfordshire)
13 °C (55 °F) [1]

The 2003 FA Cup Final was the 122nd final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. [2] The final took place on Saturday 17 May 2003 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in front of a crowd of 73,726. It was the third consecutive year the final was played at the stadium, due to the ongoing reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, the final's usual venue. The 2003 final was the first to be played indoors; the roof was closed because of bad weather. The clubs contesting the final were Arsenal, the holders of the competition and Southampton. This was Arsenal's sixteenth appearance in a final to Southampton's fourth.


As Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Southampton entered the FA Cup in the third round, which meant each club needed to progress through five rounds to reach the final. Arsenal made a convincing start, they won their opening three rounds, but needed a sixth-round replay against Chelsea. By contrast, Southampton played one replay in the fourth round against Millwall. Arsenal entered the match as favourites and had beaten Southampton 6–1 nine days earlier in the league. Goalkeeper David Seaman captained Arsenal in the absence of the injured Patrick Vieira; it was to be Seaman's last appearance for the club. In defence for Southampton, Chris Baird made only his second competitive start. Chris Marsden captained the club in the absence of the injured club captain, Jason Dodd.

Arsenal began the match more effectively of the two and scored what proved to be the winning goal in the latter minutes of the first half – Freddie Ljungberg's rebounded goal effort was converted by Robert Pires. Midway through the second half, Southampton goalkeeper Antti Niemi was substituted, as he strained his calf muscle; he was replaced by Paul Jones. In stoppage time, striker James Beattie had his header cleared off the line by Ashley Cole, in what was the final chance for Southampton.

Arsenal's win made them the first team to had retained the trophy since Tottenham Hotspur in 1982. They later played against league champions Manchester United in the 2003 FA Community Shield. Given Arsenal had already qualified for Europe via their league position, their UEFA Cup spot was awarded to runners-up Southampton.

Route to the final


3rd Oxford United (h)2–0
4th Farnborough Town (a)5–1
5th Manchester United (a)2–0
6th Chelsea (h)2–2
Chelsea (a)3–1
Semi-final Sheffield United (n)1–0
Key: (h) = Home venue; (a) = Away venue; (n) = Neutral venue.

Arsenal entered the competition in the third round, receiving a bye as a Premier League club. Their opening match was a 2–0 home win against Oxford United on 4 January 2003. [3] Striker Dennis Bergkamp scored his 100th goal for the club and an own goal by defender Scott McNiven ensured progression to the next round. [4] Arsenal faced non-league side Farnborough Town; the match switched from Farnborough's ground at Cherrywood Road to Highbury due to concerns over safety. [5] Farnborough began the match as the home team and conceded the first goal, scored by Arsenal defender Sol Campbell in the 19th minute. They went down to ten men after Christian Lee was sent off for a professional foul in the 28th minute. [6] Francis Jeffers scored twice before Rocky Baptiste added a consolation, beating Pascal Cygan for pace and despite having his first shot saved by goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, he managed to lift the ball over him and into the net. Lauren and Bergkamp each scored in the final 15 minutes to give Arsenal a 5–1 victory. [7]

Arsenal's fifth round match was away to league rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on 16 February 2003. After Ryan Giggs missed the chance to score past an open goal, midfielder Edu gave Arsenal the lead through a free kick which took a deflection off David Beckham's shoulder. Striker Sylvain Wiltord scored the second goal of the match in the 52nd minute, running onto a pass from Edu and side-footing the ball past goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. [8] Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira said of the performance: "We knew when we lost here in the league that we had lost the battle in midfield. We had to put that right, and we did." [9] In the sixth round, Arsenal was drawn at home to Chelsea in a repeat of the previous season's final. [10] Chelsea defender John Terry put Chelsea ahead with a header from a set piece before Arsenal responded through Jeffers and Thierry Henry. Frank Lampard scored a late equaliser for the visiting team meaning the match was replayed at Stamford Bridge. [11] An own goal by Terry and a strike by Wiltord in the space of seven minutes during the replay gave Arsenal an early lead against Chelsea. Despite going down to ten men after Cygan was sent off and Terry scoring from a header, the away team scored a third goal through Lauren to ensure progression into the semi-finals. [12] In the semi-final against Sheffield United on 13 April 2003 at Old Trafford, Freddie Ljungberg scored the winning goal to help Arsenal reach their third successive FA Cup final appearance. [13] The match was best remembered for David Seaman's late save, which prevented Sheffield United from equalising. [14]


3rd Tottenham Hotspur (h)4–0
4th Millwall (h)1–1
Millwall (a)2–1
5th Norwich City (h)2–0
6th Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)2–0
Semi-final Watford (n)2–1
Key: (h) = Home venue; (a) = Away venue; (n) = Neutral venue.

Like Arsenal, as a Premier League club, Southampton received a bye into the third round. Their opening match was a 4–0 win against fellow league club Tottenham Hotspur. A goal by defender Michael Svensson and three from Jo Tessem, Anders Svensson and James Beattie in the second half was the second straight victory against Tottenham, having beaten them on New Year's Day in the league. [15] In the fourth round, Southampton was drawn at home to First Division club Millwall on 25 January 2003. The visitors took the lead through striker Steve Claridge but were denied victory. 90 seconds from the end of the match as Southampton striker Kevin Davies scored from a rebounded shot. [16] In the replay, midfielder Matthew Oakley scored twice for Southampton (one in both halves) either side of a Steven Reid equaliser for Millwall. [17]

Southampton's fifth round match was against Norwich City at home on 5 February 2003. Two goals in the space of three minutes, scored by Svensson and Tessem was enough to take the team into the quarter-finals. [18] Southampton defender Claus Lundekvam was pleased with the win and said following the match: "When you get to this stage in the competition you have to believe you can win it." [19] The club then faced Wolverhampton Wanderers at home in the following round. Former Wolves player Chris Marsden gave Southampton the lead right in the 56th minute and with nine minutes remaining of normal time, the team added a second goal when Jo Tessem's shot took a deflection off Paul Butler's legs to go inside the goal net. [20] The victory meant Southampton reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 17 years. [21] At Villa Park, Southampton played First Division team Watford on 13 April 2003. Brett Ormerod opened the scoring two minutes before half time and set up the second goal which saw the ball being taken over the line by Watford defender Paul Robinson. Despite Marcus Gayle scoring a late header to half the scoreline Southampton won the match. [22]


Sir Bobby Robson was the chief guest for the final, and presented the trophy to the winners Bobby Robson Cropped.jpg
Sir Bobby Robson was the chief guest for the final, and presented the trophy to the winners

Arsenal was appearing in the final of the FA Cup for the sixteenth time. They had won the cup eight times previously (in 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998 and 2002) and had been beaten in the final seven times, the most recent in 2001. By comparison, Southampton made their fourth appearance in a FA Cup final. Their previous best was winning the cup in 1976, by beating opponents Manchester United. [23]

Both clubs received an allocation of approximately 25,000 tickets, with the remaining 25,000 being sent out to other clubs. [24] 17,500 of those tickets were available to Southampton season ticket holders. [25] Seat prices for the final exceeded £80, with the cheapest tickets available at £25. [25] Southampton was given the South Stand, which was the larger end of the stadium, whereas Arsenal was situated at the opposite end. [25] Although Southampton supporters were disappointed at the allocation share, chairman Rupert Lowe refused to criticise the FA's decision, by saying: "The reality is that too many people want to go and there are never enough tickets." [26] In the lead up to the final, the South Wales Echo reported that many tickets were being sold on the black market, for "20 times" the face-value price. [24]

Nine days before the final, the two clubs faced each other in a league match at Highbury (Arsenal's former stadium). With Arsenal unable to retain the title, having lost to Leeds United, manager Arsène Wenger rested several players, as did Southampton manager Gordon Strachan, whose team started without six of their first-choice eleven. [27] Winger Jermaine Pennant on his league debut scored a hat-trick, as did Pires, in a 6–1 win. [27] Strachan believed the result had little bearing on their chances of winning the cup, noting: "There is little pressure on Southampton to lift the trophy. We were not expected to reach the final and have already clinched a place in the UEFA Cup." [28]

The traditional Cup Final hymn, "Abide with Me" was sung by Tony Henry, an opera singer from South London. [29] Sir Bobby Robson was invited as the FA's chief guest for the final and performed several duties ordinarily reserved for royalty, such as presenting the trophy to the winning captain. Heavy rain on Friday night and forecasted showers in Cardiff meant the final would be the first to be played indoors; the stadium closed its retractable roof and floodlights were used to light up the ground. [30]


Team selection

Vieira was ruled out of the match because of a knee injury during the FA Cup semi-final match against Sheffield United, [31] so Wenger named David Seaman as Arsenal's captain for the match. In a match widely anticipated as his final for the club. [32] With Campbell suspended and Cygan absent due to a thigh strain, [33] Wenger picked Oleg Luzhny to pair up with Martin Keown, who was rested the previous Sunday away against Sunderland. For Southampton, the major absentee was their striker Marian Pahars, who underwent a third operation to overcome a troubling knee injury. [34] Defender Chris Baird made his second competitive start for the club and Chris Marsden captained Southampton, given Jason Dodd's absence with an injury. Although both teams set up in a 4–4–2 formation, Bergkamp was positioned as a deep-lying forward behind Henry. [35]


Robert Pires scored the only goal of the final Robert Pires1.JPG
Robert Pires scored the only goal of the final

Arsenal created their first chance inside 24 seconds of the match, when Ljungberg put Henry clear down the right-hand side. [36] The striker used his pace to get the better of Lundekvam, only to have his shot blocked by Southampton goalkeeper Antti Niemi. [36] Bergkamp's goal effort in the eighth minute was cleared off the line by full back Chris Baird, after Niemi fumbled Henry's initial shot. [36] Southampton fashioned their first opportunity in the 15th minute through a high cross; in spite of unsettling the Arsenal defence, the unmarked Svensson volleyed over the bar. [36] Baird moments after won the ball in midfield and curled a shot that left Seaman "scrambling across his goal to save". Seven minutes before the break, Arsenal went into the lead. Henry, receiving the ball from Parlour, slipped it into Bergkamp down the right. He in turn fed the ball to Ljungberg, whose shot was blocked. The ball rebounded in the direction of Pires, who took one touch to set himself and another to fire into the goal at the near post, despite Niemi getting a hand to the ball. [36] Arsenal missed further chances to extend their lead when a cross from the right by Henry was shot over the bar by Pires and from the same area, Bergkamp's "cross-cum-shot" was missed by Ljungberg. [37]

After the break, Southampton applied pressure and a poor clearance by Seaman invited a chance for Paul Telfer to shoot the ball from "35 yards out"; his pass found Ormerod, but was eventually intercepted by Luzhny. [38] Minutes after, Beattie failed to take advantage from Oakley's cross, as the ball drifted wide. [38] Arsenal regained possession and in the 52nd minute went close to doubling their lead. [39] In Southampton's penalty box, Bergkamp turned and beat Ormerod before curling a shot which Niemi palmed off; it fell to the feet of Ljungberg, who shot the ball into the side-netting. [39] Telfer misguided his header from a Southampton corner, before Niemi denied Henry again. In the 65th minute, Niemi injured himself, in an attempt to clear the ball and was replaced by substitute Paul Jones. [39] Both clubs made substitutions in the final third of the game, with Wiltord coming on for Bergkamp and Tessem replacing Svensson. [39] Ormerod's goal-bound effort was saved by Seaman with 10 minutes remaining of the match. In the fourth minute of injury time, Southampton earned themselves a corner. [39] Beattie's on-target header was cleared off the line by Ashley Cole and out for another corner, which Pires kicked out in the final action of the game. [39] In which Arsenal won their 10th FA Cup trophy.


Arsenal 1–0 Southampton
Pires Soccerball shade.svg 38' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,726
Referee: Graham Barber (Hertfordshire)
Kit left arm arsenal0203h.png
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body arsenalh0204.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm arsenal0203h.png
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts arsenal0203h.png
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks arsenal0203h.png
Kit socks long.svg
Kit left arm southampton0203a.png
Kit left arm.svg
Kit body southampton0203a.png
Kit body.svg
Kit right arm southampton0203a.png
Kit right arm.svg
Kit shorts southampton0203a.png
Kit shorts.svg
Kit socks long.svg
GK1 Flag of England.svg David Seaman (c)
RB12 Flag of Cameroon.svg Lauren
CB5 Flag of England.svg Martin Keown Yellow card.svg 30'
CB22 Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleg Luzhny
LB3 Flag of England.svg Ashley Cole
RM7 Flag of France.svg Robert Pires
CM15 Flag of England.svg Ray Parlour
CM19 Flag of Brazil.svg Gilberto Silva
LM8 Flag of Sweden.svg Freddie Ljungberg
SS10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Sub off.svg 77'
CF14 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry Yellow card.svg 66'
GK13 Flag of England.svg Stuart Taylor
DF28 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Kolo Touré
MF16 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Giovanni van Bronckhorst
FW11 Flag of France.svg Sylvain Wiltord Sub on.svg 77'
FW25 Flag of Nigeria.svg Nwankwo Kanu
Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger
Arsenal vs Southampton 2003-05-17.svg
GK14 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Niemi Sub off.svg 66'
RB32 Ulster Banner.svg Chris Baird Sub off.svg 86'
CB5 Flag of Norway.svg Claus Lundekvam
CB11 Flag of Sweden.svg Michael Svensson Yellow card.svg 90'
LB3 Flag of England.svg Wayne Bridge
RM33 Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Telfer Yellow card.svg 60'
CM8 Flag of England.svg Matthew Oakley
CM12 Flag of Sweden.svg Anders Svensson Sub off.svg 75'
LM4 Flag of England.svg Chris Marsden (c)Yellow card.svg 77'
CF36 Flag of England.svg Brett Ormerod
CF9 Flag of England.svg James Beattie Yellow card.svg 31'
GK1 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Paul Jones Sub on.svg 66'
DF6 Flag of England.svg Paul Williams
DF19 Flag of Gibraltar.svg Danny Higginbotham
MF29 Flag of France.svg Fabrice Fernandes Sub on.svg 86'
FW21 Flag of Norway.svg Jo Tessem Sub on.svg 75'
Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan

Man of the match

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Statistic [41] ArsenalSouthampton
Goals scored10
Shots on target74
Shots off target510
Corner kicks48
Yellow cards24
Red cards00


In retaining the cup, Arsenal became the first team to do so since Tottenham Hotspur in 1982. Wenger commented after the game that his team "got the trophy we wanted" while Strachan was in admiration of Southampton's performance: "I'm very proud of the way they competed. I couldn't have asked for any more." [42] Keown said the FA Cup win was "the best ever" and Seaman felt the disappointment of losing out to Manchester United in the league spurred the team on. [42] Football pundits Alan Hansen, Peter Schmeichel and Mark Hughes unanimously agreed that Arsenal deserved to win the match. [43]

Arsenal's victory set up a Community Shield match against Manchester United, the winners of the 2002–03 Premier League. The FA Cup winners are awarded qualification into the UEFA Cup, but because Arsenal qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the UEFA Cup place was passed to Southampton, the runners-up. [44]

The match was broadcast live in the United Kingdom by both the BBC and Sky Sports, with BBC One providing the free-to-air coverage and Sky Sports 1 being the pay-TV alternative. [45] BBC One held the majority of the viewership, with a peak audience of 9.6 million viewers (55.7% viewing share) watching at 16:50pm and the match averaged at 8.3 million (55%) – the highest audience for a FA Cup final in four years. [46] Coverage of the final began on the channel at 12:10pm and averaged 5.3 million (44.4%). [46] The Match of the Day coverage concluded at different times dependent on station, with the broadcast in Scotland ending 10 minutes before the main broadcast finished.

See also

Related Research Articles

Dennis Bergkamp Dutch association football player

Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch professional football coach and former player. Originally a wide midfielder, Bergkamp was moved to main striker and then to second striker, where he remained throughout his playing career. Nicknamed the "Non-Flying Dutchman" by Arsenal supporters due to his fear of flying, Bergkamp is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.

The 2002–03 FA Premier League was the 11th season of the Premier League, the top division in English football. The first matches were played on 17 August 2002 and the last were played on 11 May 2003.

Freddie Ljungberg Swedish association football player and manager

Karl Fredrik Ljungberg is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a winger and is a football manager. He is a former assistant coach, and interim head coach of Arsenal F.C.

Robert Pires French association football player

Robert Emmanuel Pires is a French football coach and former professional player.

2001 FA Cup Final

The 2001 FA Cup Final was a football match between Arsenal and Liverpool on 12 May 2001 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the final match of the 2000–01 FA Cup, the 119th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, the FA Cup, and the first in the competition's history to be staged outside England, due to the ongoing reconstruction of its usual venue, Wembley Stadium. Arsenal appeared in their fourteenth final to Liverpool's twelfth.

2005 FA Cup Final

The 2005 FA Cup Final was a football match played between Arsenal and Manchester United on 21 May 2005 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the final match of the 2004–05 FA Cup, the 124th season of English football’s primary cup competition, the FA Cup. Arsenal became the first team to win the FA Cup via a penalty shoot-out, despite being outplayed throughout the game, after neither side managed to score in the initial 90 minutes or in 30 minutes of extra time. The shoot-out finished 5–4 to Arsenal, with Patrick Vieira scoring the winning penalty after Paul Scholes' shot was saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

In football, "The Invincibles" is a nickname used to refer to the Preston North End team of the 1888–89 season, managed by William Sudell, and the Arsenal team of the 2003–04 season managed by Arsène Wenger. Preston North End earned the nickname after completing an entire season undefeated in league and cup competition, while Arsenal were undefeated in the league in a run that stretched to a record 49 games. The actual nickname of the Preston team was the "Old Invincibles", but both versions have been in use.

1998 FA Cup Final

The 1998 FA Cup Final was a football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United on 16 May 1998 at the old Wembley Stadium, London. It was the final match of the 1997–98 FA Cup, the 117th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, the FA Cup. Six-time winners Arsenal were appearing in their thirteenth final, whereas Newcastle United, having also won the competition six times, appeared in their eleventh final. It was the third time both teams faced each other in a FA Cup final; Newcastle won the previous two encounters in 1932 and 1952.

2002 FA Cup Final

The 2002 FA Cup Final was a football match between Arsenal and Chelsea on 4 May 2002 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the final match of the 2001–02 FA Cup, the 120th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, the FA Cup. Arsenal were appearing in their fifteenth final to Chelsea's seventh.

2005 FA Community Shield

The 2005 FA Community Shield was the 83rd staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match contested by the reigning champions of the Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup. It was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 7 August 2005. The game was played between Chelsea, champions of the 2004–05 Premier League and Arsenal, who beat Manchester United on penalties to win the 2005 FA Cup Final. Chelsea won the match 2–1 in front of a crowd of 58,014.

2004 FA Community Shield 82nd staging of the FA Community Shield 2004

The 2004 Football Association Community Shield was the 82nd staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match contested by the reigning champions of the Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup. It was contested on 8 August 2004 by Arsenal, champions of the 2003–04 Premier League, and Manchester United, who beat Millwall in the final of the 2003–04 FA Cup. Watched by a crowd of 63,317 at the Millennium Stadium, Arsenal won the match 3–1.

2003 FA Community Shield

The 2003 FA Community Shield was the 81st staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match contested by the reigning champions of the Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup. It was held at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 10 August 2003. The match pitted Manchester United, champions of the 2002–03 Premier League against Arsenal, who beat Southampton 1–0 in the 2003 FA Cup Final. Manchester United won the Shield 4–3 on penalties, as neither side could be separated after a 1–1 draw in 90 minutes.

The 2003–04 season was the 106th in the history of Arsenal Football Club. It began on 1 July 2003 and concluded on 30 June 2004, with competitive matches played between August and May. The club ended the Premier League campaign as champions without a single defeat – a record of 26 wins and 12 draws. Arsenal fared less well in the cups, eliminated in the FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals to Manchester United and Middlesbrough respectively, and at the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Champions League to Chelsea.

The 2004–05 season was the 107th season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club ended the campaign as FA Cup winners, but failed to retain their Premier League title as they finished second to Chelsea. In the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal made an exit in the knockout stages to Bayern Munich.

The 2002–03 season was the 105th season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club retained the FA Cup, a feat last achieved by Tottenham Hotspur in 1982, but finished runners-up to Manchester United in the Premier League. In the UEFA Champions League, defeat to Valencia in the second group stage meant Arsenal exited the competition at the same round for the second successive year.

2002 FA Community Shield

The 2002 FA Community Shield was the 80th FA Community Shield, an annual English football match played between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup. It was the first edition since the competition's rename from FA Charity Shield. The match was contested by Arsenal, who won a league and FA Cup double the previous season, and Liverpool, who finished runners-up in the league. It was held at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, on 11 August 2002. Arsenal won the match by one goal to nil, watched by a crowd of 67,337.

The 2001–02 season was the 104th season of competitive football played by Arsenal. Having ended the previous season as FA Cup finalists and league runners-up to Manchester United, the club went one better in this campaign, by completing the domestic double – their second in four years and third overall. Arsenal won the Premier League by a seven-point margin, were unbeaten away from home and managed the unique feat of scoring in every league game. They lost only three times in the division, all of which at home. At the Millennium Stadium, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2–0 to win the 2002 FA Cup Final. In Europe however, they fared poorly as they were eliminated in the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

The 2000–01 season was the 103rd season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club ended the campaign second in the Premier League, ten points behind reigning champions Manchester United. Arsenal reached the 2001 FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in May 2001; in spite of dominating against Liverpool, they conceded two late goals, both scored by Michael Owen. In Europe, Arsenal made it to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1972, only to be eliminated on the away goals rule by eventual finalists Valencia.

The 1999–2000 season was the 102nd season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club ended the campaign second in the league, 18 points behind Manchester United. Arsenal exited both domestic cup competitions on penalties, being eliminated by Leicester City in a FA Cup fourth round replay and by Middlesbrough at the same stage of the Football League Cup. For the second consecutive season Arsenal failed to progress past the group stage of the UEFA Champions League; a third-place finish, however, earnt them a consolation place in the UEFA Cup. Arsenal eventually reached the final to play Galatasaray in Copenhagen – the match was overshadowed by altercations between both sets of supporters. Arsenal lost 4–1 on penalties after a goalless draw.

The 1998–99 season was the 101st season of competitive football played by Arsenal. The club, managed by Arsène Wenger, entered the campaign as Premier League and FA Cup double winners. They ended this campaign as league runners-up, a point behind Manchester United, who secured the title on the final day of the season. United also eliminated Arsenal in a FA Cup semi-final replay; Ryan Giggs scored an extra time winner in the 109th minute. Arsenal competed in Europe's premier club competition – the UEFA Champions League – for the first time since its rebrand in 1992, but failed to progress past the group stage.


  1. "History for Cardiff-Wales, United Kingdom". Weather Underground. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  2. "History of The FA Cup". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. "Arsenal end Oxford dream". BBC Sport. 4 January 2003. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  4. Burnton, Simon (6 January 2003). "Bergkamp worthy of ton of respect". The Guardian . London. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  5. Bradley, Mark (9 January 2003). "Farnborough to switch cup tie". The Guardian . Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  6. "Christian Lee - Career stats (Detailed view)" Check |url= value (help). _. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  7. "Arsenal cruise through". BBC Sport. 25 January 2003. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  8. "Arsenal cruise past Man Utd". BBC Sport. 16 February 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  9. Wilson, Paul (16 February 2003). "Arsenal triumph as Giggs goes missing". The Observer . London. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  10. "London giants collide". BBC Sport. 27 February 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  11. "Chelsea hold Arsenal". BBC Sport. 8 March 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  12. "Arsenal brush aside Chelsea". BBC Sport. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  13. "Arsenal sink brave Blades". BBC Sport. 13 April 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  14. McCarra, Kevin (14 April 2003). "Super Seaman defies time and gravity to end Blades odyssey". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  15. "Saints thrash Spurs". BBC Sport. 4 January 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  16. "Last-gasp Saints deny Lions". BBC Sport. 25 January 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  17. "Saints tame Lions". BBC Sport. 13 February 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  18. "Saints see off Norwich". BBC Sport. 5 February 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  19. "Lundekvam eyes FA Cup glory". BBC Sport. 16 February 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  20. Brodkin, Jon (10 March 2003). "Super Wolves softened up by old boy Marsden". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  21. "Saints tame Wolves". BBC Sport. 9 March 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  22. Davies, Christopher (14 April 2003). "Ormerod destroys Watford dream". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  23. Hayward, Paul (17 May 2003). "Saints marching on the giants". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  24. 1 2 "Touts selling tickets at 10 times value". South Wales Echo. Cardiff. 7 May 2003. p. 7.
  25. 1 2 3 Leitch, Adam (26 April 2003). "25,000 tickets for Saints' Cardiff army". Daily Echo. Southampton.
  26. Pratt, Harry (7 May 2003). "Lowe blasts ticket fiasco". Daily Star. London. p. 71.
  27. 1 2 Brodkin, Jon (8 May 2003). "Arsenal star in Cup dress rehearsal". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  28. Strachan, Gordan (11 May 2003). "Price of victory may be lack of spectacle". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  29. "Opera singer to kick off the FA Cup Final". South Wales Echo. Cardiff. 15 May 2003. p. 26.
  30. Wiechula, Frank (18 May 2003). "FA Cup final: Day roof fell in on the Saints". The People. London. p. 6.
  31. agencies, Staff and (14 April 2003). "Vieira fit for United showdown". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  32. Brodkin, Jon (16 May 2003). "Able Seaman is captain for final". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  33. Stammers, Steve (13 May 2003). "Wenger left with defence worries". Evening Standard. London. p. 63.
  34. West, Lee (16 May 2003). "FA Cup countdown: Arsenal v Southampton". Daily Mirror. London. p. 68.
  35. Winter, Henry (19 May 2003). "Arsenal counter friendly fire". The Daily Telegraph. London. p. B2.
  36. 1 2 3 4 5 "Arsenal leads Southampton 1–0 at half time of FA Cup final". AP Worldstream. Cardiff: Associated Press. 17 May 2003. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2013.(subscription required)
  37. Wilson, Paul (18 May 2003). "Pires aim is true for muted Gunners". The Observer. London. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  38. 1 2 "Arsenal 1, Southampton 0". Evening Gazette. Middlesbrough. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  39. 1 2 3 4 5 6 MacLeary, John (17 May 2003). "Arsenal v Southampton: minute-by-minute". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  40. May, John (18 May 2003). "Henry's debt to Bergkamp". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  41. Lipton, Martin (19 May 2003). "1–0 to the Arsenal ... At last ; Arsenal 1 Soton 0". Daily Mirror. London. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  42. 1 2 "Keown hails 'best ever' win". BBC Sport. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  43. "Arsenal were worthy winners". BBC Sport. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  44. "Who qualifies to play in Europe?". Premier League. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  45. "FA Cup final: Arsenal v Southampton". The Guardian. London. 17 May 2003. p. B3.
  46. 1 2 "Ratings – FA Cup's big gunners shoot to win on BBC1". Broadcast . London. 23 May 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2013.