Where are they now? Legendary 2007 Arsenal XI who won England’s first and only Champions League - gallery
On Saturday 29th April 2007, just 90 minutes of football stood between Arsenal and UEFA Women’s Cup glory.
Eight days previously, Alex Scott’s 20-yard stoppage-time strike had given the Gunners a narrow lead over Umeå in the first leg - now, back on home turf in Borehamwood, all they had to do was avoid conceding and the trophy would be theirs.
It wasn’t easy, as the Swedish side came at them ferociously. Arsenal ‘keeper Emma Byrne came up trumps with a number of impressive saves, while the crossbar and the post kept out Brazil legend-to-be Marta and then teenage star Ramona Bachmann respectively on an afternoon when fortune seemed to be on Arsenal’s side.
But the final whistle arrived before Umeå could find the back of the net - meaning Arsenal became the first English team to be crowned champions of Europe, a feat no other English team has achieved since.
On Wednesday, Jonas Eidevall’s Gunners made a strong case for that record to be broken, beginning their European campaign by thrashing eight-time Champions League winners and current holders Olympique Lyon on their own turf.
As the North London side dare to dream once more, we take a look at the team Vic Akers selected to keep out Umeå in the second leg of the final, and where they are now….