Arsenal's 5 Biggest Regrets This Season
Arsenal have had a positive season. If they are ultimately able to finish inside the top three and lift the FA Cup, Arsene Wenger will be more than satisfied with the campaign.
However, it has not been without its blemishes. In this piece, we look at five regrets that 2013/14 might hold for Arsenal. Some of those will rankle with Wenger as they are the fault of his own team; others are simply the consequence of ill fortune. They are ranked in order of how much they have damaged the Gunners' season.
Go to the next slide to discover Arsenal's biggest regrets of 2013/14 thus far.
5. Failing to Beat Manchester United
This is the weakest Manchester United side for years, and yet still Arsenal could not find a way to beat them across two Premier League fixtures.
With United in disarray, 2013/14 was a great opportunity for Arsenal to put their hoodoo behind them. Instead, they played out a drab 0-0 at home and lost 1-0 at Old Trafford, with pantomime villain Robin van Persie grabbing the goal.
4. Wojciech Szczesny's Sending off Against Bayern Munich
Before Wojciech Szczesny was sent off, Arsenal were giving Bayern Munich a hell of a game. Had Mesut Ozil converted an early penalty, they might even have been winning.
Instead, a moment's miscalculation saw Szczesny depart and Arsenal down to 10 men. The Gunners ended up losing 2-0, leaving them with a nigh-impossible task in the second leg.
3. Not Getting Bacary Sagna Signed Up
Bacary Sagna has had an outstanding campaign. However, it looks as if it could be his last in an Arsenal shirt.
Although the experienced pair of Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have both put pen to paper on new deals, Sagna is still yet to sign. With his current contract expiring this summer, he could be about to walk away on a Bosman free.
Replacing him in the summer will be a huge task.
2. Missing out on Luis Suarez
Had Arsenal gone about their bid for Suarez in a more conciliatory manner, Liverpool might not have been quite so intransigent in negotiations. With Suarez in their ranks, the Gunners might just still be at the Premier League's summit.
1. Theo Walcott's Injury
The cruciate ligament injury that robbed Arsenal of Theo Walcott was a huge blow to the Gunners' title chances. Walcott appeared to be hitting his stride, and his subsequent absence has robbed the team of both pace and goals.
It couldn't be helped, but it was undoubtedly an enormous blow.
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