It’s always nice to take a trip down memory lane, especially when it comes to football. As fans, we can often get so caught up in the trials and tribulations of supporting our team in the present day, that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Obviously, sometimes there are no roses to be found, which is why looking back on days gone by can be such a wonderful release.
In recent years, however, things have been a little bit more uneven when it comes to the Arsenal Football Club timeline. We aren’t looking back fondly on the years of The Invincibles, and instead, we’re taking a sneak peek at the era of ‘Wenger Out’. It’s been a long and arduous journey up until this point, and yet back in 2015, the consensus regarding the future of the Frenchman was pretty much the same: we respect what he’s done, but it’s time to go.
With that being said it’s going to be a positive moment that we draw upon today, in the form of Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at Turf Moor against Burnley on April 11th, 2015. The win came courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s early strike, as Wenger’s side fought hard to earn three points against an extremely determined Burnley team.
At the time Chelsea were running away with the Premier League title, and funnily enough, Arsenal were the ones pushing them the hardest. Sure, it wasn’t exactly a close race by the end of it, but it’s the last time in which Gunners fans really felt like they were in with a chance of becoming Champions of England.
That winning feeling
The Blues, who were managed by Jose Mourinho at the time, had two games in hand, but that doesn’t make Arsenal’s run of eight consecutive PL wins any less impressive. The victory put them on the verge of securing Champions League football for an 18th consecutive year, which, at the time, was taken for granted in comparison to the present day where the Gunners are scratching and clawing to get back into the competition.
Under Sean Dyche, the Clarets were stuck in the relegation zone with no hope of survival, and while they did wind up dropping into the Championship, it may well have been the best thing that ever happened to them.
Looking back, it makes you wonder whether or not Arsenal fans would prefer to push Manchester City all the way this season and not win any silverware, or miss out on the top four and still win the Europa League.
What is your fondest memory of Arsenal’s 2014/15 campaign?