It’s time for another trip down memory lane, and while this game only happened twelve months ago, it’ll feel like it’s a million miles away for Arsenal fans. This time last year, the Gunners defeated Southampton 2-0 to ensure that their faint hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League were kept alive. Unlike this year, where there’s just one game remaining, Arsenal still had three games remaining to try and make up some ground on Manchester City due to the fact that last season didn’t have a World Cup right around the corner in the summer.
The memories of this game may be difficult for Arsenal fans to look back on, mainly because of the goalscorers. The first half at St Mary’s was a largely uneventful affair, but unlike this season, Arsenal still possessed the ability to get the job done away from home twelve months ago – yes, that is a very unsubtle dig. The Saints didn’t really look like themselves, which made sense given that they were already on the beach, and it was the visitors who exploded into life in the second half.
Former fan favourite Alexis Sanchez carved open the Saints backline with a moment of brilliance which once again proved why he’s one of the best players in Europe. Then, Olivier Giroud did what he does best by coming off the bench to nod home the goal that secured all three points for Arsenal. The victory took the Gunners, who had recently defeated Manchester United, above The Red Devils and to within three points of Manchester City. Oh, how times change.
Both Sanchez and Giroud have moved on from the Emirates in the time that has passed since this game, and while you could always say ‘at least Arsenal fans have the memories’, that doesn’t really mean much when you think about it. After all, what good are the memories if the club isn’t able to build on them and push forward in search of new successes.
With that being said, perhaps they’ll be able to turn a corner as they prepare for life under a new manager, although it’d be better for everyone if his identity is revealed sooner rather than later.
What was your favourite Premier League memory from last season?