It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and for this entry, we’ve got something a little bit more positive. In the current era of Arsenal struggling to make a run at the top four, it’s nice to think back to a time in which that wasn’t so much of a problem – which is why we’re looking at the Newcastle United game from four years ago.
The Gunners won the game 3-0 in convincing fashion and while it didn’t mathematically confirm their position in the top four, it sent them four points clear of Everton in 5th (remember when they were good?) and seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, meaning that Spurs had once again failed to finish above their bitter rivals. That may not seem like a big deal to some, but for Arsenal fans, it became their bread and butter during a run which didn’t include all too many trophies in comparison to their glory days.
In terms of the actual game itself, things started off pretty quietly, both on the pitch and in the crowd. Of course, many Arsenal fans had grown tired of just settling for a place in the top four, but in this instance, it was still important for them to pull clear of the Toffees. Thankfully, their nerves were put somewhat at ease when Laurent Koscielny poked the ball home from a Santi Cazorla free-kick. Also, isn’t it great to see Cazorla back in training on a regular basis again?
Mesut Ozil made it two just before half-time, and at that stage, it felt like business as usual. It’s not like Newcastle were the worst team in the league as they were still a capable top half outfit, but it’s difficult to wrestle back control of a game once Arsenal have kicked into their next gear at the Emirates.
Still, the Magpies were initially hoping to push for the top four themselves, only for an extremely disappointing 2014 to set them back dramatically. They were put out of their misery once and for all in this game when Olivier Giroud made it three, putting Arsenal within just one game of sealing a spot in Europe’s biggest club competition.
What’s your favourite memory from Arsenal’s 2013/14 season?