Leeds United - nostalgia: The day Leeds United and Alan Smith terrorised Arsenal to end title hopes

The encounter between Leeds United and Arsenal took place on May 11, 1999.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:52 pm
Leeds United striker Alan Smith takes on the Arsenal defence in 1999. (Bruce Rollinson)

Leeds United welcomed title-chasing Arsenal to Elland Road with just two games to go in the 1998/99 Premier League campaign.

Arsene Wenger's men knew that victory would pile the pressure on United's arch rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.

The Red Devils and the Gunners were both on 75 points ahead of the showdown in LS11 with David O'Leary's outfit fourth.

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Ian Harte hit the bar with a first half penalty after Alan Smith terrorised the visiting defence to win the spot kick following a clumsy challenge from centre-back Martin Keown.

Arsenal themselves responded after the break and had two attempts cleared off the line as they fought to keep their top flight crown.

Leeds, though, struck with just four minutes to go.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's back-post header dealt a killer blow to Wenger's title ambitions and left Manchester United in the box seat.

The striker ran free inside the box and connected with an inch-perfect cross to send Elland Road wild after a topsy-turvy encounter.

Unitd's victory left Alex Ferguson's team needing just four points from their remaining two outings to secure a fifth title of the 1990s.

Leeds United: Martyn, Haaland, Radebe, Woodgate, Harte, Hopkin, Bowyer, Batty, Kewell, Hasselbaink, Smith. Subs: Wetherall, Granville, Robinson, McPhail, Jones.

Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Adams, Keown, Winterburn, Parlour, Vieira, Petit, Overmars, Bergkamp, Anelka. Subs: Bould, Vivas, Lukic, Kanu, Diawara.

Referee: G Willard (Worthing)

Attendance: 40,124