Sometimes, you just need some nostalgia, so here’s a big dollop as this decade draws to a close.
These are my top five favourite Arsenal moments from this decade. Feel free to like or dislike mine and add your own in the comments.
Henry returns v Leeds
This was a marvellous night. Dad’s proudly brought small sons, who had never seen him play, to have the opportunity to watch Thierry Henry grace our pitch. They weren’t disappointed, we weren’t disappointed ……. he scored, The Emirates erupted, it was written in the script.
Arsenal 2 Barcelona 1
There was no script for this next game or if there was, we tore it up. It was another atmospheric night at The Emirates. We really did play football like this 😁
Arsenal 5 Totts 2
Twice in 2012, February and November
This is a double whammy. Beating Totts twice at home in one year with the score line 5-2 oh how we laughed.
February 2012 – can only find this with arabic commentary.
FA Cup win 2014
We won 3 FA Cups in this decade, 2014, 2015 and 2017. To me the 2014 is the sweetest, coming after a long trophy drought.
Oh how we smiled
Wilshire goal (team goal) v Norwich
There were some special goals scored, obviously there were. It was tough to choose between this fabulous team goal and the Olivier Giroud scorpion. But in the end I chose this one.
Please add as many goals and games as you like in the comments for everyone to enjoy.
Wishing you all a Happy New Arsenal in 2020 and beyond.
If anyone needs help linking a video just let us know and we’ll try and get them all on today.
And if anyone can find the February 5-2 smashing of totts on a different video with English commentary I’ll change it …… although I love the exuberance of the arabic guy.
Brilliant work peaches … love the Jack goal.
My absolute favourite goal was Arshavin’s winner against Barcelona. I know you’ve put it in the post … but I can never see it too many times. We were there, the Emirates erupted, the composure of the little fella to pass that into the back of the net was fantastic. I loved AA, he was my avatar pic until he moved on …
Happy days, Peaches!
One of my fav games was the 7-5 at the Madejski. I went, but had to sit amongst the Reading lot 😬 Little did I know, the row I was sat in were all closet gooners!! And I found that out when we went 6-5 up and we all leapt up.. the guy next to me ripped his jacket off to reveal his Arsenal shirt!! Then a Reading fan went to a steward and said they’re all gooners! The guy next to me was removed 🙄
Brilliant game, brilliant night… loved it!!!
What a brilliant way to end the decade Peaches – well played.
Amid the sheer pleasure of watching all these moments (I was lucky enough to have been present for five of the six occasions) I had a slight twinge of sadness at how poor the fare has been in the last couple of years.
I’m going to add our Cup Final win over Chelsea (which I also attended). We were absolutely unfancied even by most Arsenal fans (there was a sort-of gallows humour tone to the conversations on the way to Wembley, mainly centred round how many we’d lose by).
Instead we turned up and were deserved winners.
By the way, that Cup Final win also stopped the Chavs wining the Double. Ha!
And for goal of the decade it’s hard to argue against the Jack W peach you included in your list (football as poetry).
But this must come a close second – a thunderbolt of a volley from Aaron Ramsey away at Galatasaray. The ball seemed to be still gaining speed when it hit the back of the net.
Other thoughts that came to mind watching the clips: how blessed we’ve been to see so many great players over the years…
Not just the legends like Henry, but players who gave us massive entertainment and great moments:
Arshavin, Santi, Jack before all the injuries kicked in, Rosicky, Podolski, Ollie G, Theo (much underrated by Arsenal fans in my humble), Ramsey, the BFG, Kozzer… so many, so many.
So true Rocky … we are looking for our next cult hero … Martinelli possibly?
I still have high hopes for Holding, I think he could turn into a modern day Tony Adams if the blessed injuries stop and allow him a run of games.
Exactly Rocky, I sat thinking how to commemorate all of the best that we’d seen and I think they’re nearly all in there.
Made me sad about Jack that he didn’t make it, angry all over again with van Persie that he left us and thrilled with Theo, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Mertesacker and others all over again.
Ooooh forgot Ramsey
Great way to end the decade Peaches, thank you.
As you guys have said already, loads of good times to choose from.
My stand outs are the two 5-2 wins against the Totts. I was at both games with my Son.
Still recall as if it was yesterday, at the end whistle, doing the conga down the aisles. Such a laugh.
Healthy and Happy New year to ALL at AA.
Chambers may have done his ACL?
That would be dreadful Sue …… poor him, break through season ☹️
Thanks Peaches, a great post to end the decade, and a happy new year to one and all.
Watching all this gives me nostalgic goosebumps and gives rise to certain thoughts about us through the last decade. It has been a real mixed bag this decade from exciting F.A cup wins to failed progress in challenging for the league, despite boasting some of those great players we see in the clips.
My first thought is that it is the greatest shame that Jack was so hampered by injuries, which never allowed him to become that world class player that he was destined to be. He had a truly ingrained talent that only a few players are blessed with, and not seeing him ply this regularly at the highest level must surely go down as one of my greatest disappointments.
My second thought is that we have been blessed with many great players across the decade, easily of the quality required to have allowed us to be EPL title challengers on 2-3 occasions this decade, but we never seemed to have them all together at the same time.
It became somewhat of a cliche on here to state that we were always 2 quality players short in key areas, and we always just seemed to lack those final 2 pieces in the jigsaw puzzle, those 2 quality players that would balance the side out with quality in all areas.
Sometimes we have been hampered by injuries in our quest for a title, no more so than with RVP, and lacking the quality back up to replace those players adequately. Again it smacks of us always just being those 1-2 players short for the title challenge.
I always felt we never quite completed our forward line (in any one era in the decade) to have everything required for that title challenge. As one went out another came in but the player coming in was really needed in addition to the outgoing and not instead of.
We were always missing that holding midfield player, although I felt Song had all the requirements and could have been really good had he decided to try and remain being our Makelele and not to try and become Messi…..a coaching issue for me.
We were always 1 commanding Kompany / VVD type CD short as well to compliment the smaller more mobile Vermaelen’s and Koscielny’s. It makes it all the more acute that the rumours are strong that we turned down getting both of those fore-mentioned CD’s.
Also arguably a top keeper, but again I always thought Szcesny had it in him as the Barca highlights show he was pretty decent and just needed to iron out some mad moments, and we did eventually get Cech.
I am not aiming at this being a downer on an upbeat post looking at the positives of the decade but just wanted to bring some yin to the yang. Despite the hugely enjoyable F.A cup victories, it has felt like a decade of what ifs and just falling short in the squad and team development.
I suppose it will depend on how any one individual sees our ability (or not) to have added those finishing touches. I always personally felt we had the options to do it but basically chose not to at key times.
Map out 2 (maybe 3) teams from all our best players from the decade and a title winning one was definitely possible had we got some of them together at the same time (and added maybe 1-2 extra players at key times).
I have done it in my mind and am struggling to decide who to prioritise in certain positions, because we were blessed with so many good players in those positions (namely ACM), but also I struggle in some positions to name more than 1 player because all other alternatives across the decade haven’t been good enough. CD and holding midfield are the 2 standouts in that failing, then to a lesser extent full-backs, goal-keeper and winger / wing forwards.
I have hugely enjoyed the great moments as shown in the clips from this decade but it is somewhat overshadowed by the failings. I really hope we can leave the decade of what iffs behind and move into the decade of doing.
Happy new year all
Acl is that the same thing holding and bellerin had
Happy New Year everybody! It’s match day 🥳🍾🍻
HNY to AAers everywhere!
Thank you for the moments.
Agree with all of them.
My personal favorite was the come from behind Hull victory. Damn near brought a tear to my eye.
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