There’s always been a strong desire from Arsenal fans to look past on their past triumphs as opposed to looking ahead to the future, and in many ways, that makes sense. After all, their history is littered with championship victories and memorable moments, whereas in the present day, they continue to struggle to find their footing in a Premier League landscape filled with giants.
Thankfully, however, it’s not illegal to bask in the glory days – and because of that, we’re taking a look back at the Gunners’ victory over Norwich City from back in 2013. As you can imagine it was a game they were expected to win with relative ease, and as you can also imagine, they made hard work of it at the Emirates.
Chris Hughton’s side were battling relegation at the time but that didn’t stop them from surging into the lead, as Michael Turner nodded past the keeper from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick – yes, Snodgrass was still putting in world-class performances back in 2013.
After pushing and prodding it seemed as if it was destined to be another frustrating afternoon for the North London outfit when a penalty decision completely turned the game on its head. Kei Kamara pulled Olivier Giroud to the ground and while it was certainly a contentious decision, there was a great lack of professionalism from Norwich who seemed to crumble after Mikel Arteta calmly slotted home the equaliser.
Giroud himself went from provider to goalscorer after putting Arsenal ahead from Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross, and Lukas Podolski ensured that their last-ditch comeback was confirmed when he thundered in the final goal of the game to make the final scoreline 3-1.
It’s funny to look back on these kinds of games because, in a lot of ways, it exemplifies everything that’s wrong with Arsenal Football Club. Even against the smaller teams, they allow themselves to be bullied off the park, only for last-minute goals to get them out of jail.
That kind of mentality has plagued them for the better part of a decade now because whenever they come up against the big boys, they crumble more often than not. Fans argue that we’ve seen the ‘same old, same old’ for years now under Arsene Wenger, and at this stage, it’s hard to disagree with them.
What’s your fondest memory from the 2012/13 season?