Eight soul-crushing Arsenal defeats

first_img Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal – March 22, 2014 – Arsene Wenger’s 1,000 match as Arsenal manager should have been a special occasion but in the end it turned out to be one he’ll want to forget as his side were trounced by their London rivals. Early strikes from Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle had the Gunners on the back foot before a controversial Kieran Gibbs red card and subsequent Eden Hazard penalty made it 3-0 after 17 minutes, while an Oscar double and Mohamed Salah rounded off the scoring. Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal – August 28, 2011 – Click the right arrow above for more soul-crushing Gunners defeats… – Swansea wrecked Arsenal’s chances of closing the gap at the top of the Premier League when they beat the Gunners 2-1 and here, talkSPORT looks at more of the Gunners’ soul destroying defeats beginning with this one at Old Trafford. It was hardly the most frightening Man United team ever – the midfield contained Nani, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young – but somehow the Gunners capitulated and were hammered ruthlessly. 9 9 Arsenal 2-3 Olympiakos – September 29, 2015 – In a relatively easy Champions League group this season, the Gunners almost contrived to cock things up by losing to Dinamo Zagreb and then Olympiakos in their first two matches. At no point were Arsenal ahead in the clash and it was even more of a shock given their opponents had lost their last 12 away games against English sides – including David Moyes’ Manchester United team. 9 9 9 9 Arsenal’s Premier League title bid was further dented on Wednesday as they lost 2-1 to Swansea City at the Emirates.The Gunners had seen Leicester City draw with West Brom the previous night so knew a win would put them to within two points of the table-toppers, while it turned out rivals Tottenham and Manchester City lost too.All things considered, it was a devastating defeat and leaves them six points adrift of the Foxes and just four points clear of fifth place Manchester United, with supporters jeering as their side left the field.But it isn’t the first time Arsene Wenger’s side have suffered such a morale-sapping loss.Click the right arrow above to see eight soul-crushing Arsenal defeats… Bolton 2-1 Arsenal – April 24, 2011 – Still in the hunt for the Premier League title, despite a morale-crushing League Cup final defeat to Birmingham City, the Gunners fluffed their lines against the Trotters. Robin van Persie had levelled after Daniel Sturridge put the hosts ahead and Kevin Davies had missed a penalty, but an under-par Arsenal side were defeated when Tamir Cohen headed home a Chung-Yong Lee corner after 90 minutes. 9 BONUS: Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal – the draw that felt like a defeat – February 5, 2011 – The Gunners were 4-0 up after 26 minutes at St James’ Park as they looked to be cruising to victory and another three points to boost their title bid. In the end Arsenal capitulated following an Abou Diaby red card after 50 minutes and following two Joey Barton penalties and Leon Best goal, Cheick Tiote volleyed home a stunning equaliser three minutes from time. Arsenal 1-3 Monaco – February 23, 2015 – It had looked like the Gunners had been handed a winnable tie in the Champions League round of 16 but when it came to the crunch a full strength Arsenal side were downed by the French outfit. At the Emirates Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored for the visitors, while a youngster named Anthony Martial also lined up against Arsenal that day. 9 AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal – February 15, 2012 – Hopes were high for the Gunners as they travelled to the San Siro, but in the end they were given a hiding and suffered their heaviest ever defeat in Europe. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were amongst the goals, while Premier League flop Robinho bagged a brace. Even introducing on-loan Thierry Henry at half-time couldn’t save Arsenal from an embarrassing loss. Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – February 8, 2014 – An astonishing 20-minute blitz at Anfield saw Arsenal, the Premier League leaders, 4-0 down in the first half as title-chasing Liverpool ramped up their bid to lift the trophy. Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling hit doubles for the hosts, while Daniel Sturridge added the other. A Mikel Arteta penalty was Arsenal’s only response. Wenger’s men would only win two of their next eight matches and, despite five wins in a row at the end of the campaign, finished fourth. 9 Birmingham City 2-1 Arsenal – February 27, 2011 – Having beaten Tottenham, Newcastle, Wigan and Ipswich on the way to the final, most Gunners thought it was finally the time to end what was then a six-year wait for a trophy. Instead, goals from Nikola Zigic and Obafemi Martins downed Wenger’s men at Wembley as they sandwiched a Robin van Persie volley. last_img

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