I am sure you don’t need to be reminded that Arsenal’s soon to return glory days have been on a temporal absence ever since Patrick Vieira lifted the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium in May 2005.
But I am also sure you have had some moments during the past five years which made you feel lucky not to be a blue, red devil or spud.
So, let me tell you mine.
February 22, 2006
Go to the Santiago Bernabeu with a depleted starting eleven in 2006 and you will be called a fool to even contemplate defeating Madrid’s galacticos.
But when you have Thierry Henry…
January 21, 2007
Arsenal were still nursing an unbeaten record at the then new Emirates Stadium when United came to town, looking to repeat how they halted the Gunners’ long run without defeat at 49 league games.
Van Persie had just rained relief on the Emirates Stadium crowd with an equalizer seven minutes from time, but even better, Thierry Henry headed home a winner in the dying seconds. You just could not make this up.
April 8, 2008
Always accompanied by the sorrow that followed, as Liverpool robbed our Champions League progress, Walcott’s mesmerizing run across the Anfield pitch made an agonizing match very memorable.
November 8, 2008
“Poise, patience and then penetration – an explosive second from the young Frenchman”. Martin Tyler’s voice yet again synchronized another sensational moment against Manchester United. This time though, it did not have to be a game winner – even though it proved to be later on. If you did not know what Wenger’s exuberant, all-passing football was about, this was it.
April 21, 2009
This was not just one moment. Four, as a matter of fact. To visit a title chasing Liverpool side at Anfield and net four, not four tap-ins, but four clinical goals is simply remarkable.
Other mentions: Julio Baptista’s four goals at Anfield in 2007, Adebayor’s stunner vs Spurs in 2007 and Fabregas’ goal vs AC Milan in 2008.