After Arsenal’s win over Tottenham, some pundits claimed it was the best they’d ever seen them play, but was it really?
The performance on Saturday was fantastic. So good, in fact, that pundits such as Gary Neville were claiming it was the best they’ve seen this Arsenal perform. Even Thierry Henry seemed to think it was the best game he’s seen Arsenal play.
I daresay that their memories are a bit short.
You don’t need to go too far back to find other performances that were even better than this one. You could, of course, go back further and dig out some of Arsenal’s historically excellent performances, but I thought I’d stick to this generation of the Arsenal team.
Here are five other games where this Arsenal performed better than they did against Tottenham on Saturday.
1. Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea (FA Cup Final 2017)
May wasn’t that long ago, was it? Arsenal took on the newly crowned Premier League champions at Wembley with few giving them a chance of victory. Despite having suffered the disappointed of missing out on the top four just a week prior, Arsenal proceeded to control the game from start to finish. A quick and intense start got us an early lead through Alexis Sanchez. We went on to create more great chances and could have been out of sight by half-time. Chelsea got back in it in the second half, but we immediately retook the lead again through Aaron Ramsey. Then we missed even more chances. The scoreline flattered Chelsea, and there were no doubts who the better was.
2. Manchester City 0 – 2 Arsenal (January 2015)
Arsenal’s big game woes away from home were a thing even back in 2015. The previous season, Arsenal had lost 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium, 5-1 at Anfield and 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. With so much scrutiny on Arsenal’s approach to these games, they went into this game against City needing a win and a great performance. They delivered both. Arsenal put on an excellent defensive display that neutralised much of City’s potent threat, while grabbing two goals from set-pieces. This was evidence that Arsenal could play defensively if they wanted to.
3. Arsenal 3 – 0 Chelsea (September 2016)
Much was made of Arsenal’s rather poor record against Chelsea in the Premier League. Nobody expected that we’d be 3-0 up before half-time, having played Chelsea off the park. This was a game that saw Arsenal fully assert their style over their rivals, exemplified by an excellent second goal that saw Arsenal string together several quick passes to make an opening for Theo Walcott. The first half showing was so good that Arsenal could afford to take their foot off in the second half and still win comfortably.
4. Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester United (October 2015)
A similar performance came in October 2015, when Arsenal welcomed Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal exploded out of the traps and were three goals ahead after a devastating twenty minute spell. This was Arsenal are their ruthless best, and another game where the opposition was beaten into submission before they even had a chance to get into the game.
5. Borussia Dortmund 0 – 1 Arsenal (November 2013)
Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund were one of most exciting and dangerous teams in Europe. Having won back-to-back German titles, they represented a significant threat at their home ground, Signal Iduna Park, where they had yet to lose to English opposition. Arsenal arrived and put in a colossal defensive effort against their quick attacks and intense pressing. With an hour gone, Aaron Ramsey, in the middle of having a stellar season, managed to head in the winning goal. This match was up there with some of Arsenal’s finest European nights.