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.
Bizarrely enough, by the end of the season, the win would prove to be just Arsenal’s second victory in 11 games as they finished the campaign in horrendous form. They’d already lost the League Cup final against Birmingham City, been knocked out of the FA Cup by United themselves, and crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona who went on to win the entire competition.
They needed something to lift their spirits, and thanks to Aaron Ramsey, they got it. The Welshman’s winner didn’t come until early in the second half, but it was clear to see that United were on the back foot throughout most of the game as Arsene Wenger sent his side out with a clear message in mind – upset the established order.
The Red Devils were coming off the back of a semi-final win over German side Schalke, which would’ve only intensified Wenger’s desire to put them in their place. Arsenal had a clear penalty not given in the first half, and if the game had gone on much further without a goal, the momentum could’ve easily swung in the favour of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
But instead, Arsenal stuck to their guns, and they managed to secure a victory that took them to within six points of United with just three games remaining. Obviously, their self-capitulation from that point on has been well noted, and United were still three points clear of their closest challengers Chelsea, but it’s a fond memory for Arsenal fans who had a renewed sense of hope in the immediate aftermath of the game.
As we look ahead, you have to wonder what the fate of these two teams will be next season with so much uncertainty surrounding them both.
What was your favourite memory of the 2010/11 season?