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Former Leeds United man shares humorous memory with Arsenal legend

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Former Leeds United man Simon Johnson has shared a humorous highlight from his time with the Whites, when they made the trip to Highbury to face a title-chasing Arsenal side.

Times have changed at Elland Road since Simon Johnson broke into the Leeds side in the early 2000s, with the club chasing European competition back then to now having gone through spells in the second and third tiers.

The 2002/03 season was the first season that saw the beginning of the end of Leeds’ time in the Premier League, as missing out on Champions League football previously had set them up for financial ruin.

A trip at the end of the season to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal presented with a slim chance of snatching the title from Leeds’ bitter rivals, Manchester United. Peter Reid took charge of the visitors who could stave off relegation with an unlikely win.

Harry Kewell’s stunning opener sparked a frantic end to the season in this match when Thierry Henry equalised before half-time. Left-back Ian Harte restored Leeds’ advantage from a free-kick before Dennis Bergkamp levelled thanks to great work from Robert Pires to get to the by-line.

However, the most dramatic of conclusions saw Mark Viduka spring clear down the wing to cut inside and unleash a brilliant curling effort to seal Leeds’ survival and end the Gunners’ title hopes for the season, forever immortalised by the commentary on Sky Sports’ Fanzone by lifelong Leeds fan, Bob Tappin:

With no live football to reflect on at the moment, players and fans have been taking the time to look back at fond memories and this game sticks in the mind of most Leeds fans, as well as substitute Simon Johnson, who made a telling mark on Dutch star Bergkamp with a very forceful tackle in the second half.

He shared this memory on Twitter with a humorous take on the skilful playmaker’s dallying in possession:

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Leeds United season ticket holder since 2013/14, currently situated in the middle of the FA5 noise. From Pablo Hernandez to 5-1 drubbings, I've seen it all at Elland Road.