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Mellberg flies Emirates

Mellberg flies Emirates

On this day in 2006, Olof Mellberg became the first player to score in a competitive game at Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium.

The Swedish centre-back headed Villa into a 53rd-minute lead when he climbed in front of keeper Jens Lehman to head home a Steven Davis corner. 

But any hopes of kicking off the Martin O’Neill era with a win were dahed six minutes from the end when Gilberto hit Arsenal’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 19th August 2006