It may be an unfortunate turn out with regard to silverware this season, but that hasn’t stopped the Gunners from pocketing a list of achievements that will put them in high spirits for August 2012.
One of the most poignant achievements is becoming the first team in the Premier League to concede four times in four consecutive games, and still come out victorious. This impeccable run began with their 2-1 victory against Sunderland on the 11th of February. After conceding a goal in the 70th minute, Aaron Ramsey equalised five minutes later. Then Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry scored a 90-minute ‘sinker’ to push Arsenal up to fourth place. Arsenal’s 5-2 victory against rival team, Tottenham Hotspur, proved to be one of the team’s most electrifying performances this season. After an early goal by Louis Saha in the fourth minute, and conceding a penalty scored by ex Arsenal player, Emmanuel Adebayor, the Gunners dug in deep and managed to equalise by the end of the first half with a goal from defender Bacary Sagna (40 minutes) and captain Robin Van Persie (43 minutes). After half time the game belonged to Arsenal with a 50-minute goal by Tomas Rosicky, followed by two more goals by English striker, Theo Walcott (65, 68).
Game number three was the controversial match against Liverpool FC resulting in a 2-1 victory. Twenty-three minutes in, Laurent Koscielny scored an unfortunate own goal after a shot deflected off his right foot and slid in behind Wojciech Szczesny. But this was soon corrected by RVP who scored 31 minutes into the first half, then finished the game with a goal in the 90th minute. Finally the 2-1 defeat over Newcastle completed the four victories after conceding, with RVP’s immediate response to Newcastle’s Ben Arta’s 14th minute goal, and Thomas Vermaelen’s late injury time goal.
The triumphs don’t stop there, with 34 goals in total this season, Robin Van Persie is not only top scorer but according to team mate Theo Walcott, will undoubtedly be given the ‘Barclays Player of the Year Award’. “He is a great man, a great captain and is very important to this club”, said the 22-year-old striker. Persie has also walked away with the ‘Barclays Player of the Month Award’ in October, and ‘EA Sports Player of the Month’ for March 2012.
Local Arsenal supporter Matthew Rodriguez said, “Arsenal have fought their way to third in the table, it’s not the ideal result given a disappointing 8 years with no trophies, but I am excited to watch my team fight for the top spot.”
At a press conference, Manager, Arsene Wenger was asked about the team’s performance over the season in both English and European tournaments, “I believe we have produced an exceptional performance with great spirit”, said the Frenchman. However, he acknowledged the need for consistency and focus for his team to maintain their position in the top four, “That’s a special race, to be in the top four, and if you’re not prepared you have no chance.”
Arsenal’s next game is against Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium on Saturday 28th of April at 15:00 pm.