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It’s that time again as we take a trip down memory lane, and this time around, we’re looking at one of the most famous nights in the history of Arsenal Football Club. The date was April 25th, 2006 and the location was Spain as the Gunners drew 0-0 with La Liga side Villarreal to seal their place in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris.
Their run through the tournament was all the more surprising given their relatively poor performances in the Premier League, but it didn’t matter one bit on this night as they were able to celebrate one of the club’s finest ever achievements. They were heading into the second leg tie with a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Highbury, as Kolo Toure’s goal gave them the advantage.
On Thursday night, Arsenal host Spanish club Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League semi-final first leg.
Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a 4-1 home win over West Ham. It was the story of the Gunners season, as they dominated the home game, but on their travels, Arsene Wenger’s team have been woeful.
However, the team from north London have a strong record in the Europa League, winning eight of their last 12 games in Europe’s secondary competition. The Gunners have also won three of their last four European games, while also scoring at least two goals in their last four games in Europe.
It’s time to take another trip down memory lane as we look at an Arsenal game from two years ago today. At the time, the Gunners were still in with an outside chance of winning their first Premier League in well over a decade, but it would’ve taken a mathematical miracle. They were playing on the same day as eventual champions Leicester City, which proved to show the stark contrast between the two sides when it came to who wanted it more.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on the way out, and because of that, the rumours have begun regarding who will replace the Frenchman as manager. After more than two decades of the same man being in charge many fans are wondering whether or not the club will go for a different change of pace this time around, but if this specific man is put in charge, you could argue he’d implement the same kind of style that Wenger did for many years.
According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.
The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.
However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically.
According to the Daily Mail, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is now the front-runner to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss this summer. The Frenchman is set to leave after 22 years in north London and Enrique is available after a short rest from football.
It would certainly be an interesting appointment for the Gunners, who will be looking for a return to the top-four next season.
History of winning trophies with a big club
While Enrique coaches the likes of Roma and Celta Vigo in his early years as a boss, it is his three-year stint at Catalan giants Barcelona that is best remembered. The former Spanish international won nine trophies in just three years, including winning La Liga twice and the Champions League on occasion.
After Arsene Wenger announced his departure after 22 years at the club, the most intriguing question is, naturally, who his replacement will be. There have been plenty of speculations from reliable journalists and those less reliable alike, but the truth is – nobody knows. Nobody outside the club, that is.
As for those on the inside, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes they do. The Sky Sports pundit is adamant that the Arsenal board and the likes of Ivan Gazidis know exactly who will take the reins that steer the Arsenal team from Wenger.
In the first game since veteran boss Arsene Wenger announced he would leave the club in the summer, Arsenal recorded a 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal had the first attempt on goal of the game on nine minutes, as centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed wide of goal from a Granit Xhaka corner kick.
At the other end of the pitch, Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario drew a smart save from David Ospina, while Marko Arnautovic also saw a shot on goal blocked by the Gunners defence.
As you will certainly know by now, Arsène Wenger has confirmed he will be stepping down as Arsenal manager after this season. Why has he come to this decision? Was it his decision? Is it good for Arsenal? What now? Let’s take a look.
It was on the fateful day of September 22, 1996, that Arsène Wenger was unveiled as the Arsenal manager, and the football landscape of England would never be the same. The Frenchman brought a full-scale revolution to England, employing a ball-on-ground approach so rarely seen on the island. He signed players, turned them into a proper team, made them grow and grew with them.