As painful as it is, with 2016 coming to an end, it’s time to look back at some of our not-so-great moments.
Selling Serge Gnabry
I’ve said before that Arsene Wenger might look back at selling Serge as one of his biggest regrets, although he made it clear that it was very much the winger’s decision and not his. Arsenal wanted to tie the youngster down but he wanted more playing time, which you can’t really argue with.
At Werder Bremen, the 21-year-old is having a fantastic time.
He’s scored seven goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances and assisted two, as well as scored his first hat-trick for Germany.
It’s hard to predict what sort of player a man can develop into but, with Serge, I feel like Wenger always knew.
Arsenal 1-2 Swansea
It wasn’t by a huge margin by any means but the loss to Swansea at home back in February was a huge turning point for many Gooners, myself included, in regard to our manager.
I remember the performance being so lacklustre and the league title slipping out of our hands before it had ever really, truly begun.
Despite going 1-0 ahead via Joel Campbell, goals from Routledge in the first half and Williams late on meant the visitors left with all three points and even the most passionate Wenger supporters were left doubting whether the Frenchman should indeed leave the club.
Arsenal 1-2 Watford
Being knocked out of the FA Cup in March, the trophy Arsenal had won two seasons in a row, by none other than Watford was pretty harrowing.
No one had won the FA Cup three seasons in a row and after a relatively easy run, we were on course to claim it again.
All the fans, players and manager could talk about was winning this game against Watford and going to Wembley, a trip which managed to both placate and distract many from the fact we’d not won the Premier League in over a decade.
But we couldn’t.
Southampton 2-0 Arsenal
Despite the Capital One Cup actually being a decent chance to win something this season, we managed to fluff it and lose 2-0 to the Saints at home.
Yes, we played with some of our youngsters and no, it’s clearly not our priority. But losing on home soil to a team we should be beating, even if Southampton have a good record against us, isn’t easy to take.
Everton and Manchester City defeats
While many may disagree and say I’m overreacting over our two 2-1 defeats in a row at the hands of Everton and City, I believe these were real low points for the team as a whole.
The lack of enthusiasm and cohesion in both of these matches, plus the repetition of mistakes made them feel like groundhog day. And when matches like that come around, they have you doubting why you put so much energy into supporting Arsenal in the first place. If the players don’t, why should I?
Of course, this feeling usually subsides and the losses themselves may prove meaningless later down the line but, at the moment, those six points, given the form our rivals are in, could cost hugely costly.