The decade of the 2010s wasn’t particularly fruitful for Arsenal, but they still managed to win six trophies and remain Champions League regulars for the bulk of that time.
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
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
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
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.
This exploded the sports bookies with punters readily available to place their bets.
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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
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.
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.