Arsenal: 5 Best Moments This Season
Every fan right now is sorely disappointed to see the season come to an end. There are only two games to go in the English Premier League and the race for third place is incredibly competitive.
Currently competing in third by two uneven points? Arsenal.
Our beloved Gunners are soon to be closing off their season, with games against Norwich and West Bromwich Albion as the only thing standing between Arsenal and the summer break.
This has truly been a season of crazy ups and downs—as if you can expect anything but from the Gunners! There are moments, like the the 8-2 loss against Manchester United and the departure of Nasri and Fabregas, that we wish to put far behind us and never look back upon. But for all those bad moments, there have been a happy ones to make up for it.
Here are five of the best happenings this season to assist in remembering this past year in a good way especially after today's game against Norwich.
Mikel Arteta's Goal vs. Manchester City
Revenge could not get more sweet.
Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy abandoned Arsenal last summer for the sunny pastures of Manchester City, they travelled a well-troden path. After failing to defeat them twice this season, Arteta's goal brought an unforgettable memory to the season. Nothing like stealing a win off Man City!
It was a goal with three minutes left of extra time, a win seemed far from possible against a team currently 17 points above them. Cheers to Arteta for such a wonderful moment.
Final Whistle of the 5-2 Win over Tottenham
A good win over their arch-enemies.
What can get better than that? Five goals. Let me repeat: five goals! That doesn't just happen. Remember the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane? Heartbreaking, but not this.
When the referee blew the final whistle, it was solidified: Arsenal won.
After going down two goals and fearing for a repeat of the last time around, Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie equalized within three minutes. Arsenal went to the dressing room with a 2-2 draw and the fans were still nervous to lose this in the next half.
But their nerves were of no use, as six minutes into the second half, Rosicky scored. There was a collective sigh of relief only to become even crazier cheers as Theo Walcott put the Gunners in front with two goals in four minutes.
Clearly this was one of the greatest moments of the season if not the greatest.
RvP's Hat-Trick Against Chelsea
A 5-3 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
First off, van Persie equalized after a 14' Lampard goal. He then brought the Gunners ahead in the 85th minute, the score at 4-3. Finally, into injury time he scored the fifth goal.
Fans already knew he was the best ("We don't need Batman. We've got Robin") but this hat-trick against the club in third place at the time while Arsenal rotted in 7th solidified it.
Van Persie has since won PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, as well as being named in the PFA Team of the Year.
This game will go down in Gunners history and will never be forgotten by the fans of the time and all thanks to RvP's hat-trick!
Transfer Deadline Day
This. Was. A. Crazy. Day.
Most definitely not the Arsenal anyone was used to. Four players. One day.
August 31st 2011 will go down in history as being the day the Arsenal website crashed because no one could believe Arsenal would purchase four players in one day until it was announced officially. Andre Santos arrived from Fenebahce, Per Mertesacker hailed from Werder Bremen in Germany, while Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun from Everton and Chelsea respectively were purchased with little time left in the transfer window.
They were reactive buys as a result of a poor start to the season and it is undeniable that they helped Arsenal crawl out of that rough patch.
Mikel Arteta has been so influential that now, when he is injured, Arsenal are struggling once again. But on the bright side, it doesn't look like he's going anywhere. He seems to really enjoy his time at the Emirates and even to a pay-cut to transfer from the Toffees!
Arrival of Henry
It had been too long.
Finally the King returned.
Rumours were swirling around about the great Thierry Henry making a homecoming to the Arsenal, but at first, it seemed a little far-fetched. Then, it was announced, Arsenal had gotten the No. 14 on loan from the New York Red Bulls.
Some were still wary—would he be the same player he once was? All those worries were put to rest when he took to the pitch against Leeds United and scored the only goal of the match.
He proved pivotal in games to come, scoring goals and coming on when the team was in need of a winning goal. In his second last game against Sunderland, he scored the winner in stoppage time, preparing for a goodbye to his former club in the best way possible.
I'll Leave You with This:
This is not my photo, but if you ask me it's pretty comical.