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In this modern world of ours, it seems Arsenal are only ever a couple of defeats away from a full-blown crisis. When these times of tribulation come, Watford are rarely far away. Last season Arsenal were second in the league when Watford arrived at the Emirates in January. The visitors won the game 2-1 and Arsenal fell into a run of terrible form, going on a run of four defeats in five league games to fall to fifth in the table, where they finished and missed out on Champions League football for the first time in 20 years. Watford also caused an upset at the Emirates with a 2-1 win the season before, when they ended Arsenal’s hopes of winning the FA Cup for a third straight season.

Both losses were met with outrage. But can you imagine the reaction if a managerless Arsenal lost twice to Watford within the space of 24 hours? That’s what happened in the spring of 1986.

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