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🦁 Best Premier League facts from 1997/98: Wenger, Beckham, Bergkamp & Owen
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🦁 Best Premier League facts from 1997/98: Wenger, Beckham, Bergkamp & Owen

Back down memory lane we go, this time it's the 1997/98 season of the Premier League where we fix our focus. 

Here are the best facts, figures and stats to impress your friends.

  • Arsenal won their first Premier League title in 1997/98 in their first full season under manager Arsène Wenger, clinching the title with a 4-0 win over Everton at Highbury.
  • In 1997/98, Frenchman Arsène Wenger became the first non-British manager to win the English top-flight in what was the 99th season of top-flight English football. 
  • All three newly-promoted teams - Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace, were relegated from the Premier League in 1997/98, the only time this has occurred in the history of the competition.
  • David Beckham was the Premier League’s top assister during 1997/98, assisting 13 goals for Man United in what was the first season he reached double figures for assists – he would then achieve this in each of his next three campaigns.
  • Dennis Bergkamp won the Premier League Player of the Month for August & September 1997, the only player to win the award in the opening two months of any EPL season. Bergkamp was involved in 13 goals in nine games across those months (eight goals, five assists).
  • For the first time in Premier League history, the 1997/98 Golden Boot was shared among more than one player, with Dion Dublin, Michael Owen and Chris Sutton all ending the season with 18 goals.
  • In Liverpool’s 3-3 away draw with Sheffield Wednesday in February 1998, Michael Owen became the youngest Premier League hat-trick scorer aged 18 years and 62 days, a record he holds to this day.
  • Barnsley became the first Premier League team to receive three red cards in one game, with referee Gary Willard sending off Chris Morgan, Darren Barnard and Darren Sheridan in their 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Oakwell in March 1998.
  • In a 4-1 Premier League win over Bolton in September 1997, Ian Wright’s hat-trick saw him overtake Cliff Bastin’s record number of goals for Arsenal to become the top scorer in the club's history. He has since been overtaken himself by Thierry Henry.

We'll be back tomorrow with more stats, trivia, quizzes and more from the Premier League and indeed the rest of the world.