It’s time to take another trip down memory lane, and this time, we’re looking at something a little bit more positive – which is nice, seeing as things are also going quite well for the Gunners in the present day. Three years ago, Arsenal defeated West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in a convincing final day performance to ensure that they would automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages, as opposed to going through the playoff round.
It was a season that could actually be considered a success by Arsenal’s standards, as they managed to round things off with another dominant win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final. In terms of this game, however, it was impressive to see Wenger’s side take control for once against a side that they should’ve been beating convincingly.
As we all know they tend to turn it on towards the end of the campaign, but they really took things to a whole new level at the Emirates against the Baggies. Theo Walcott, who was starting for the first time in over two months, took it upon himself to lead from the front as he scored an unlikely first-half hat-trick to leave West Brom fans wondering whether or not they should skip the inevitable traffic and just go home after the first 45 minutes.
In between that Jack Wilshere also smashed one in from 20 yards out, which is interesting, given that three years on, he finds himself at a crossroads in his Arsenal career. Many fans are pleading with him to stay, whereas others aren’t overly convinced that they need him in order to progress as a team.
Nonetheless, there was a party atmosphere in North London as they realised that there was no way for Manchester United to catch them in third – and while that shouldn’t be seen as something to celebrate, it was still an impressive finish to the season given the circumstances.
Gareth McAuley managed to pull one back for West Brom who wound up finishing well above the relegation zone, although as we now know, they weren’t able to maintain their Premier League status in the 2017/18 campaign.
What was your favourite memory from the 2014/15 season?