Arsenal are on a really good run of form right now, and they’ll be desperate to continue that form over the course of the next few weeks and beyond. Still, there are plenty of reasons to remember their past more fondly than the majority of people do – and on this day five years ago, they proved to the world what they were capable of in an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Norwich City.
Easing to victory
Goals from Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey helped to pile onto the Canaries’ misery after an early goal from none other than Jack Wilshere, but there was so much more to it than just the goal itself. The movement, the precision and the team build up play that we saw from Arsenal was something that you’re more likely to see at the Nou Camp, and it served to showcase what they could do when they put their minds together.
Now, five years on, it’s interesting to note how much has changed since that day. Jack Wilshere has moved on to pastures new after many thought he’d become a legend at the Emirates, Mesut Ozil has been embroiled in many debates over whether or not he truly is a world class player, and the Aaron Ramsey saga speaks for itself.
The good ‘new’ days?
The great part, though, is that it feels like we’re getting back to a point where it’s realistic to suggest they could not only re-live these days – but improve upon them. Arsenal’s squad is full to the top with world class players, and under the guidance of Unai Emery, it legitimately feels like it’s only going to get better from here.
Arsenal are more than capable of producing performances of the Norwich nature on a consistent basis which is arguably the most exciting part of all, because blowing teams out of the water isn’t exactly something they’ve been used to in recent times.
So whether you miss the old days or you don’t there’s no real reason not to look ahead to the future with a great deal of excitement, as we gear up for what will likely be a rollercoaster next few months. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see Jack Wilshere return one day – but that certainly isn’t the priority.
What’s your favourite part of Jack Wilshere’s stunning team goal against Norwich?