It’s time for us to take yet another trip down memory lane, and it’s certainly a positive journey this time around. On this day in 2010, the Gunners tore through Fulham on their way to confirming that St Totteringham’s Day would be going ahead as they secured 3rd spot in the Premier League above their bitter rivals. It was a long and difficult season, but in the end, they managed to get the job done.
While change can often be a difficult thing for people to deal with, in football, it’s one of the biggest aspects of the game. Things evolve and move on every single day, and because of that, most fans are often able to prepare themselves for what’s to come. In regards to Arsenal supporters, however, things are going to feel a little bit different next season as they go ahead with their lives without long-term manager Arsene Wenger.
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.
While some are choosing to be down in the dumps regarding the departure of Arsene Wenger, others are wisely choosing to look on the bright side of things. Arsenal Football Club is entering an entirely new era in the realms of English football, as the last great ‘long-term’ boss walks away from the Premier League – probably for good. While he could always return with another club, that isn’t the Gunners’ concern anymore, and instead, we should be drooling over the prospect of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette getting a full season together.
Arsenal’s season is starting to wind down in more ways than one, as the club starts to adjust to the idea of life without Arsene Wenger. During their game against Burnley at the weekend, fans all around the ground showed their appreciation for everything that the Frenchman has done over the course of his two-decade-plus tenure with Arsenal. In addition to that, however, many of them probably realised that things are going to look a lot different in a few months time.
It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and this time, we’re heading all the way back to 2012. You could argue that the club’s situation wasn’t much better back then in comparison to now, and in many ways, it may even have been worse. The Gunners were struggling to get a foothold in the race for the top four, and with just a handful of games remaining, they slipped up in a big way as they drew 3-3 with Norwich City at the Emirates.
Last night, Arsenal Football Club crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Atletico Madrid. Some will call that a disappointment whereas others will call that a blessing in disguise because it highlights why Arsene Wenger needs to leave at the end of the season. Although, to those people, we ask why on earth you wouldn’t want the club to gain a European trophy even after Wenger has announced that he’s going to be departing? It makes no sense.
Tonight will see the conclusion of Arsenal’s journey to the final of the Europa League, and one way or another, it’s going to end in heartbreak for somebody. Either the Gunners will fall just before the final hurdle, or the hotly tipped Spaniards will falter down the stretch as they attempt to secure their second UEL title under the reign of Diego Simeone. One thing is for sure, however – by the end of the night, there are going to be plenty of talking points coming out of the second leg.
The search for Arsenal’s new manager continues to rage on and in a lot of ways, it’s already becoming a little bit exhausting for Arsenal fans. While there’s obviously a great deal of excitement in the air, there are just too many names being thrown around to keep count at this stage. It’s not like when David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford because, in that instance, it seemed as if the Everton boss was always going to be the clear favourite to take over.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, and this time, it’s a little bit more positive. We’re going to be talking about a game from seven years ago today, which saw Arsenal give themselves a glimmer of hope in the race to become Champions of England. The location was Emirates Stadium, and the game in question saw the Gunners host the eventual league champions Manchester United in what proved to be a tight yet scintillating encounter in North London.