May 22, 1999 17:00 TST. Rajamangkala National Stadium, Bangkok Thailand

THAILAND LINE UP
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Strikers
Virat W. (U20) Kritsada P. (Ag98) Seksan P. Kiatisuk S. (Ag98) CAPTAIN
Punsa M. Dusit C. (Ag98) Tananchai B. Apisit K.
Pattanapong S (Ag98) Tongchai A. (U20) Suvit W.
Panupong C. (Ag98) Terdsak J.
Chukiat N. Tanongsak P. (U20)
Choktavee P.
Sutee N.
ARSENAL FC. LINE UP
David Andrew Seaman  (England) Lee Michael Dixon (England)
John Lukic (England) Nigsi Winterburn (England)
Stephen Andrew Bould (England) Tony Alexander Adams (England)
Nelson Davis Vivasv (Argentina) Martin Raymond Keown (England)
Gilies Grimandi (France) Remi Marie Garde (France)
Matthew Upson (England) David Grondin (France)
Patrick Paul Viera (France) Raymond Parlour (England)
Stephen John Hughes (England) Emmanuel Petit (France)
Nicolas Anelka (France) Marc Overmars (Holland)
Luis Boa Morte (Portugal)

Thailand upset Arsenal in seven-goal extravaganza

By.. Suphap Thantiraphant (Bangkok Post)

Thailand's national team yesterday pulled off a shock 4-3 win over  English Premiership runners-up Arsenal in front of a 50,000 crowd at Rajamangala Stadium.

Thailand thereby achieved something no team in England did last season-scoring four past the meanest Premiership defence.

Thailand surprisingly gave a debut to goalkeeper Virach Wangchan and he had a fine match.

 

Thai coach Peter Withe also fielded two other newcomers, Tananchai Boriban and Anurak Srikerd, in midfield while Arsenal's line-up included most of their stars-David Seaman, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Patrick Viera, Emmanuel Petit, Nicolas Anelka, Nwankwo Kanu and Mark Overmars.

Thailand made a brilliant start with two goals in the first 15 minutes.

After five minutes Seksan Piturat got the ball on the right before firing straight at Seaman. The Arsenal goalkeeper pushed the ball away but it hit the far post and bounced straight to the waiting Tongchai Akarapong three yards out and he made no mistake.

The second goal came from a good move started by Kiatisak Senamuang who set up Klisada Piendit and his perfect cross was
superbly headed home by the diving Kiatisak. Arsenal tried to move up a gear and Adams twice put headers wide.

The Gunners then pulled one back when Swede Fredrik Ljungberg crossed and Petit headed it home.

Virach then produced two saves. First Overmars hit a 20-yard shot into his arms and then he pushed away a shot from Anelka just before half-time. 

Arsenal made four changes after half-time, bringing on Luis Boa Morte, John Lukic, Kaba Daiwara and Ray Parlour.
But Seksan Piturat gave the crowd something else to cheer in the 47th minute by putting Thailand further ahead.

Then it was Kanu show-time as the talented Nigerian produced two spectacular goals. He dribbled through the defence to make it 3-2 in the 49th minute and did it again nine minutes later.

Thailand then made two changes with defenders Klisada and Dusit Chalermsaeb replaced by Niwes Siriwong and Terdsak Jaiman.

The match looked like ending in a draw but three minutes before time Seksan tried to score only to be well tackled by Petit. The ball then hit Kiatisask on his knee and rolled past Lukic for a lucky winner.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was at a loss to recall when his defence last conceded so many goals. 

"I don't know-a long time," he said. "Defensive concentration was not really on our minds tonight.

"We made it a little bit easy for them, but if this can give Thailand the confidence they need it will be a positive thing. The bad thing would be if they think tomorrow, 'we are the world champions and we don't need to run any more'."