It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane as we look back to a game two years ago today involving Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion. It was the season in which Leicester City were taking the Premier League by storm, and as a result, the Gunners should’ve had a realistic chance of winning their first English title in years – but it wasn’t to be.
Still, securing 4th spot was important enough to warrant a strong push towards the end of the season, and that’s what they got as the Gunners won their 500th PL game – becoming the second team to do so behind Manchester United. Following back-to-back draws the nerves were evident at the Emirates, but thankfully, Alexis Sanchez was on hand to put any and all of their doubts to bed.
The Chilean scored two first-half goals against a West Brom side who, in essence, were just going through the motions with their safety in the top flight all but guaranteed. They put up something of a fight on the day with Gareth McAuley hitting the bar, but aside from that, they never really looked like serious contenders to knock off Arsenal.
With just four games remaining this win moved Arsene Wenger’s side to within 10 points of leaders Leicester, and five points of bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. At the time it seemed like a virtual impossibility that Arsenal would manage to finish above their North London neighbours but somehow, some way, they managed it – and to this day, Arsenal fans don’t let the Spurs faithful forget about it.
Many Arsenal fans would’ve likely been disappointed about the fact that they didn’t mount a more serious challenge for the Premier League title, but bizarrely enough, many will probably look back on this time as quite enjoyable when you compare it to what’s transpired over the course of the 2017/18 campaign.
They’re well outside the running for the top six, they’ve been knocked out of the FA Cup, and their only real hope is to win the Europa League which will be a tough task in itself. Say what you will about the last few years of the Wenger regime, but the 2015/16 season was a much better time for Arsenal fans.
Which season was better – 2015/16 or 2017/18?