It was a big year for Arsenal. Unbelievably, he club had its best win rate of all time.
That’s right, winning 67.3% of games the Gunners technically had the best calendar year in the club’s history. There were some big wins, and some which removed monkeys from backs. But the best?
I was going to choose five, but couldn’t narrow it down from six. So here you are: Arsenal’s best six games of 2015.
18th January, Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal
The whole build up was about Arsenal’s big game record. Arsène Wenger was labelled naive and it was suggested he had no idea how to win these big games, particularly away from home.
Defending in a 4-1-4-1, all the critics were made to look a bit silly. A Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud header, along with a superb defensive display, sealed a massive win for the team and their self belief.
9th March, Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal
And that belief was the foundation of another big away win. With Mesut Özil back, Arsenal played in more of a 4-2-3-1 with less focus on defence. It paid off, and Arsenal backed up the idea that they can win big matches away from home.
Nacho Monreal scored the opener before Manchester United fan and academy graduate Danny Welbeck scored the winner to seal Arsenal’s first victory at Old Trafford since 2006. Worth the wait.
30th May, Aston Villa 0-4 Arsenal
One of the most comfortable FA Cup final wins of all time. After the nerves and drama of the previous year’s defeat of Hull City (3-2 after extra-time), this result showed how far Arsenal had come mentally.
Those big wins in Manchester seemed to have a lasting effect, and Arsenal weren’t going to falter on the big stage again. Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker, Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud were the heroes on 2015’s cup final day.
4th October, Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
If another win against a big side was needed to reinforce belief, it came in incredible fashion. A blistering start to this game at the Emirates Stadium had Arsenal three goals up within 20 minutes.
Alexis was on the scoresheet twice and Mesut Özil grabbed his first of the current season.
A win and a clean sheet, but the best was yet to come.
20th October, Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Munich
Facing arguably the best side on the planet, stocked with an array of attacking talent, Arsenal kept Bayern out.
A tireless and disciplined Arsenal got to half-time level but, having already suffered defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, all three points were needed to keep Champions League hopes high.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score the opener before Mesut Özil sealed one of the biggest ever wins at the Emirates Stadium in stoppage time.
21st December, Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City
Finally, the penultimate home game of 2015 saw Arsenal take a firm grasp in the title race. The win in Manchester last January came with Chelsea already out of sight, so the pressure on this game was even bigger.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud struck decisively before the break, and Yaya Touré’s goal was merely a consolation with nine minutes remaining. A huge win, and one that could yet define our season.