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The best Arsenal moments of the decade

The best Arsenal moments of the decade


More importantly, Arsenal supporters were treated to numerous historic moments over the decade, including a major management change and some spectacular on-field incidents.

2011 Barcelona Vs Arsenal

Arsenal's Russian midfielder Andrey Arshavin (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match Arsenal vs FC Barcelona on February 16, 2011 at the Emirates stadium in London. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE
Arshavin AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

A triumph over a European powerhouse is always accepted with open arms. A 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the opening leg of the Champions League Round of 16 first leg ranks as one of the greatest moments in Arsenal’s history. For one night, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners were on top of the world, even though they were subsequently knocked out of the Champions League after losing the second leg 3-1 at the Nou Camp.

2012 The Year Of The Legend

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal celebrates scoring during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on January 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

When it comes to football, there’s an adage that states “never go back”—basically stating that a player can’t relive their glory days at their previous team. After nearly 5 years gone, Arsenal supporters were relieved when club star and record scorer Thierry Henry returned to North London in 2012 and took up just where he’d left off before his departure to Barcelona.

Ending the Drought

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Captain Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal (2R) lifts the trophy in celebration alongside Lukas Podolski (L), Mikel Arteta (2L) and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Captain Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal (2R) lifts the trophy in celebration alongside Lukas Podolski (L), Mikel Arteta (2L) and Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

As the decade came to a close, Arsenal’s trophy drought had grown to be a major issue for the club by this time. For nine years, they’d been without a trophy after their FA Cup victory in 2004-05, so the pressure was on when they suddenly became heavy favourites to reclaim the title in 2013-14.

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Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny scored for Arsenal as they came back from a goal down to draw 2-2 with little over 20 minutes remaining. With Wenger’s team dominating in all areas and Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time strike after a long wait, the Gunners’ class began to come through at this point, and the celebrations in North London were in full swing.

2017 FA Cup

Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey holds the FA Cup trophy as Arsenal players celebrate their victory over Chelsea on the pitch after the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017. Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute header to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over Double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey holds the FA Cup trophy on May 27, 2017. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

For the first time since 1994-95, Tottenham Hotspur finished ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League. They also failed to finish in the top four for the first time under Arsene Wenger’s rule at the club. The Gunners, though, were able to brighten the mood of their supporters by winning the FA Cup against all the odds and once again joined the FA Cup Winners list.

Goodbye Wenger

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goodbye to the Arsenal fans after 22 years at the helm at the end of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that it did not cover Arsenal in glory, this moment was one of the most significant in the club’s history, if not in the decade. While some Arsenal supporters had already begun to turn against longstanding manager Arsene Wenger (who took over the club in 1996) years before his departure, Wenger’s announcement on April 20th, 2018 sent shockwaves across the sport. Today rumours have emerged since Wenger admitted he misses management so who knows if we will witness Wenger’s power on the field once more.

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