We’re back with yet another trip down memory lane, and while we can’t celebrate it this year, St Totteringham’s Day was in full swing two years ago when many thought it’d be cancelled. If you aren’t aware of what we’re talking about, Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa coupled together with Newcastle United’s 5-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur meant that Arsene Wenger’s side finished above their bitter rivals yet again in the Premier League.
It was a result which, in many ways, probably meant more to them than the fact that they finished as runners-up in the league for that season. Why? Because regardless of the fact that they were able to be known as the second-best team in the division, they were unable to shake off the pain of losing out on the title to Leicester City of all teams.
Still, it was something that kind of made up for the fact that they weren’t able to retain their FA Cup title once again, as they laid a similar beating on Villa to the one they received twelve months prior at Wembley.
Olivier Giroud put Arsenal ahead on a bright afternoon at the Emirates with a lovely header, but from that point on, it seemed as if Arsenal were a little bit nervous about maintaining their lead. While Villa didn’t exactly pressure them too much, it was still a precarious position for them – until Giroud doubled their advantage following some nice build-up play from Mesut Ozil.
With ten minutes to go the party atmosphere was there for everyone to see, as the news filtered through regarding Newcastle’s surprising triumph over Spurs. Then, just to rub salt into the wounds, Giroud secured his hat-trick before Mark Bunn’s own goal summed up what was a truly diabolical season for Aston Villa as they suffered relegation to the Championship.
Oddly enough, you could argue that coming second during the 2015/16 campaign was Wenger’s last real accomplishment in the league – with his FA Cup win last year seeming like nothing more than a distant memory. As for Villa, their fate will be determined tonight as they either crash out of the playoffs at the hands of Middlesbrough or book their return to Wembley for the Championship playoff final.
What was your favourite memory from that season?