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Chris Sutton recalls the day when one Sportsmail columnist chased another into the Highbury toilets

First Patrick Vieira made a beeline for Chris Sutton, barging into him at full speed. Then Lee Dixon told him in no uncertain terms that he was off his Christmas card list.

Then finally, our columnist found himself hiding in the dressing room toilets at Highbury, inside a cubicle and with full kit on. Among those trying to get at the then-Blackburn Rovers striker was his now-Sportsmail colleague Martin Keown.

It was April 1997, and a 1-1 draw had just been played out — a result which arguably cost Arsenal their Champions League place for the following season. 

Chris Sutton antagonised Martin Keown when Blackburn took on Arsenal in April 1997

Here, Sutton recounts to Kieran Gill the day he became public enemy No 1 in north London, while Keown explains how it inadvertently helped Arsenal clinch the Double the following season. 

It’s the 89th minute. Arsenal are leading 1-0 and Stephen Hughes goes down under a challenge by Rovers skipper Tim Sherwood. Referee Mike Riley waves play on, but Vieira kicks the ball into touch so his team-mate can be treated. 

Hughes is substituted for Ray Parlour and the clock is ticking. The game finally gets going again when Blackburn give the…