Arsenal legend Marc Overmars has been reminiscing about his days at Highbury and surprisingly, revealed that Newcastle United are also a ‘special club’ for him.
The flying winger was an integral part of the double winning team of 1998 and has been talking specifically about the FA Cup final (Newcastle and Arsenal fans pictured above on Wembley Way in May 1998) that year.
After sending Arsenal in a goal up (Arsenal ran out eventual 2-0 winners – Shearer’s shot coming back off the post…), Marc Overmars says that he expected the Newcastle fans to throw things at him as he exited the pitch at the break.
However, he says he was amazed at the respect shown by the United supporters and then how it got even better at the end when the Newcastle fans sportingly applauded their outstanding achievement.
The quality of that support has stayed with Marc Overmars and is why he marked the NUFC fans down for a special mention.
The story of our lives!
Great fans, sh*t team!
Nice to hear this from Marc Overmars but I wish he was looking back on that day with bitterness and how Newcastle had fluked a win…
Marc Overmars talking to the official Arsenal website:
“I remember that goal (to put Arsenal 1-0 up in 1998 FA Cup final) and I had a nice moment as well.
“When the first half ended and we had to go to the tunnel, all the Newcastle fans were beside our dressing room so I thought they would throw things at me but it didn’t happen.
“It was unbelievable for me to see how much respect they had for our team and they also stood up and applauded us after the match as well.
“That made Newcastle also a special club for me because the support of their team, how they did that even though they couldn’t beat us that day, made me have so much respect for them.
“The joy I had as a footballer to play in the Premier League was also a highlight. It gives you so much pleasure. I will always say to the young players here that where you will enjoy football the most is in England.”