It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as favourable. The place was Emirates Stadium and the date was May 11th, 2015, as Arsenal did something that they rarely do late in the season – lose in the league. The defeat came against a Swansea City side who were enjoying an incredibly successful Premier League campaign, which saw them rise up to the lofty heights of 8th position as they finished just two points outside of Tottenham Hotspur in 6th.
It was, in essence, an extremely successful season for the Swans, whereas Arsenal were unable to mount a serious title challenge yet again as Chelsea ran away with things at the top of the table. In terms of this game, however, it was clear to see that the Gunners were going to be frustrated from the word go as the visitors put together an incredibly organised midfield six that neutralised any kind of attack Arsenal wanted to execute.
Still, they managed to break through once or twice, with Cazorla (remember him?) and Ramsey both going close as Lukasz Fabianski made an extremely satisfying return to Emirates Stadium. You could feel the tension growing in North London as Arsenal continued to let themselves slip, with Swansea constantly growing in confidence as the minutes ticked by.
With just five minutes remaining it was Gomis who headed in the only goal, to ensure that the travelling Swansea faithful would return to Wales as happy soldiers.
Now, as we look at things from the perspective we have in the present day, it’s interesting to analyse where both of these teams are in comparison to where they were back then. It seems as if the Swans will finally experience relegation back down to the Championship after a poor 2017/18 campaign, whereas Arsenal can finally begin to look ahead to a life without Arsene Wenger.
One thing is for sure, unless they meet in a cup competition, it could be a while before these two meet again.
What’s your favourite memory from the 2014/15 campaign?