2013 has been a good year for Arsenal—probably the best in a long time.
It got off to a rocky start, though. The Gunners played a whopping eight games in January and won just three of them. Despite grinding out a few results in the league, February was ultimately a heartbreaking month for Arsenal fans. The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 loss at home to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, followed by a devastating 3-1 home defeat to the eventual European champions, Bayern Munich.
March kicked off with a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, but things only got better from there. Arsenal didn't lose a single game from then until the end of the 2012-13 season, winning eight out of 10 matches.
After a lack of summer transfer activity and a shock defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the new season, Arsenal's 2013-14 campaign kicked off in full-on crisis mode.
This "crisis," which seems to have become an annual event in North London, didn't last for long. Arsene Wenger miraculously signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, and after the opening-day defeat, Arsenal won seven straight games in all competitions.
Despite a slight dip in form this month, Arsenal have finished 2013 on top of the Premier League table.
It may have seemed like an up-and-down year, but the fact of the matter is that the Gunners have amassed 82 points in 2013, more than any other Premier League team.
Without further ado, here are Arsenal's five best wins of 2013, ranked both on the importance of the win as well as Arsenal's performance in the match.