We’re back for yet another trip down memory lane, and this one comes from a game that took place three years ago. It was Arsenal vs Manchester United in a clash that was set to provide some clarity on who would end up finishing 3rd in the Premier League, and thankfully for the Gunners, they were able to ‘hold serve’ so to speak by picking up a 1-1 draw against The Red Devils at Old Trafford.
The result meant that, at the time, Arsenal were in prime position to secure their automatic qualification through to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League – which is a position they held onto. As we’ve pointed out on several different occasions over the last few weeks, it’s funny to see how many Arsenal fans were still disappointed that they didn’t mount a serious title challenge against Chelsea, when in reality, simply finishing in the top four was seen as an accomplishment in itself.
Given that the game took place at Old Trafford, you could forgive some of the travelling Gunners to be a bit apprehensive. After all, they’ve had a mixed history when it comes to getting results away at United, and it seemed as if the same kind of thing would happen in this game.
Both teams had already secured their entry into the UCL for the following season, so it was a naturally tame affair for large portions of the first half. Still, there’s a big difference between having to officially qualify and already being in the group stages, and Arsenal fans were fearing the worst after Ander Herrera put Louis van Gaal’s side ahead in the first half.
It was starting to look like the visitors were never going to wake up in time to cause any realistic kind of commotion, but finally, as the game neared its end, Walcott’s cross deflected in off of Tyler Blackett as Victor Valdes was powerless to stop it.
Now, a few years on, the complexion of both teams is somewhat different. Jose Mourinho, who spent that year guiding Chelsea to the Premier League, is now in charge at United whereas Arsenal are still waiting to see who will take over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
What is your favourite memory from the 2014/15 season?