It’s time for another trip down memory lane, as we take a look back at Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United from twelve months ago. In many ways, the club’s season was going in a similar direction to this one, as they struggled to gain a foothold in the race for Champions League qualification. Of course, they had the FA Cup to contend with as opposed to the Europa League, but they were still facing the very real possibility of finishing outside the top four and missing UCL qualification for the first time in what felt like forever.
The win, which saw Arsenal keep their faint hopes of edging their way into 4th alive, came against a Manchester United side who were riding an astonishing 25-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. Alas, due to their poor start, it didn’t matter all too much – as United themselves had to rely on winning the Europa League in order to confirm their passage into Europe’s biggest club competition.
The first half was largely uneventful, although if one team was going to take the advantage, it always seemed as if it was going to be Arsenal. David De Gea kept The Red Devils on level terms after saving shots from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, although Mourinho’s men just couldn’t seem to wake up and realise that the game was slowly slipping from their grasp.
It took two goals in a three-minute spell for Arsenal to finally make their pressure count, as Granit Xhaka opened the scoring just after half-time before Danny Welbeck doubled their advantage before United even knew what hit them.
Unsurprisingly, Wenger was overjoyed with the victory after spending years in the shadow of his Portuguese rival – although you could argue that he’ll always be viewed as a lesser version of Mourinho depending on which side of history you’re on.
Twelve months on, it’s almost refreshing to see that a change of pace is right around the corner. For years now we’ve been subjected to Wenger telling us things are going to change, only for Arsenal to just about save their season to gloss over the many, many problems on display at the club.
Now, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s cause for hope.
What’s your favourite memory from last season?