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Arsenal’s Day…Week…Month…Year From Hell!

On February 1, 2011, Arsenal beat Everton 2-1 by coming from behind a 1-0 deficit with goals by Laurent Koscielny and Andrei Arshavin.  Four days later, Arsenal would win the ignominy of being the first Premier League club to concede a 4 goal lead, in a game against Newcastle United. 

And if you think that’d be the only time a major “first” would be had by the club, you’d be wrong.  Just take a look at some of the results we’ve had in the last year or so:

02/05/11: Newcastle 4 – Arsenal 4
02/16/11: Arsenal 2 – Barcelona 1
02/27/11: Arsenal 1 – Birmingham 2 *Carling Cup Final*
03/08/11: Barcelona 3 – Arsenal 1 *Champions League*
04/24/11: Bolton 2 – Arsenal 1
05/01/11: Arsenal 1 – Man Utd 0
05/08/11: Stoke 3 – Arsenal 1
05/15/11: Arsenal 1 – Aston Villa 2
05/22/11: Fulham 2 – Arsenal 2 *Spend Some F***ing Money!*
08/13/11: Newcastle 0 – Arsenal 0
08/20/11: Arsenal 0 – Liverpool 2
08/28/11: Man Utd 8 – Arsenal 2
09/17/11: Blackburn 4 – Arsenal 3
10/02/11: Tottenham 2 – Arsenal 1
10/29/11: Chelsea 3 – Arsenal 5
11/1/11: Arsenal 0 – Marseille 0 *Champions League*
11/29/11: Arsenal 0 – Man City 1 *Carling Cup*
12/6/11: Olympiakos 3 – Arsenal 1 *Champions League*
12/18/11: Man City 1 – Arsenal 0
01/02/12: Fulham 2 – Arsenal 1
01/15/12: Swansea 3 – Arsenal 2
01/22/12: Arsenal 1 – Man United 2
02/15/12: AC Milan 4 – Arsenal 0 *Champions League*
02/18/12: Sunderland 2 – Arsenal 0 *FA Cup*

Mixed in there we’ve had:

  • The worst league defeat suffered by Arsenal in a century.
  • The worst Champions League defeat suffered by Arsenal ever.
  • One draw and one defeat to Tottenham in the North London Derby.
  • Crashing out of the Champions League in the first knockout round.
  • Bad defeats at Blackburn, Stoke, Swansea and Fulham.
  • A few great outings (Barcelona, Man United and Chelsea) that acted as temporary salves in the wounds.
  • The loss of our captain through transfer, our best midfielder through injury and too many defenders to count.

I’ll leave the reasoning and the why-fors to other persons and times.  Suffice it to say, this has been one god-awful year.  And sadly, we’re back on course for another season-ending run where there’s nothing to play for but wounded pride and Champions League qualification – with our exits from every competition or challenge all but certain at this point.  The only certainties: there’ll be a lot of finger-pointing from some sectors and plenty of support from fans who, through thick and thin, will stick with their club. 

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