While Arsenal haven’t exactly been successful in the Premier League in the last few years, they’ve managed to find some success in the FA Cup. As we take another trip down memory lane, it’s time to look at the last big trophy victory for Arsene Wenger before he rode off into the sunset this season.
This time last year, Arsenal fans were celebrating a huge 2-1 victory over Chelsea in a game which many weren’t expecting them to win. The Gunners, while successful in the FA Cup on many different occasions, were considered to be the underdogs – and in many ways, that probably favoured them. It felt like the Blues came in with an aura of overconfidence as if they were just naturally expecting to win the trophy without too much effort.
That didn’t quite play out, however, with Alexis Sanchez stunning most inside Wembley Stadium by putting Arsenal ahead after four minutes. They managed to hold off Chelsea for the remainder of the first half and most of the second, and while the Blues had their moments, Arsenal largely seemed like they were in control of the situation.
Things got even better when Victor Moses, who actually played a role in Chelsea winning the 2018 edition of the final, was given a second yellow card with just over 20 minutes remaining. You would think that it’d be business as usual for Arsenal from that moment on, and yet, they made things even more complicated for themselves by failing to prevent Diego Costa of all people to level up the scores. Thankfully, the Blues were at their weakest following the goal, allowing Aaron Ramsey to once again pop up with a huge winner for the Gunners.
Now, as we look ahead to next season, it’ll be interesting to see how much of a priority Unai Emery makes the FA Cup. Obviously the aim will be to return to the Champions League, but maybe a cup win is what the club needs above all else. Then again, it didn’t work out so well for Wenger in the end.
What’s your favourite memory from last season?