The Gunners had a mixed 2014-15 season where they did achieve some amazing results and also had some miserable outings which they would like to forget. But overall Arsene and his army of Red would be proud of what they had achieved this season and would very much like to better the feat this upcoming season.
Arsenal Season Review 2014/15 : Did They Underachieve?
Arsenal were more than active in last season’s transfer market where they roped in some high profile signings in Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and also some highly talented youngsters in Calum Chambers, Danny Welbeck and Gabriel Paulista. The signings provided a much needed boost to the Gunners as their squad depth increased considerably.
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The Gunners started the season on a positive note winning the Community Shield demolishing the defending Premier League Champions Manchester City 3-0 at Wembley to hand Wenger his 13th Title in his 17th year in-charge at Arsenal.
Arsenal’s premier league campaign started on a miserable note where they could manage just two wins in their first 8 games. Defeats to Manchester United at home and Stoke city, Chelsea and Swansea away highlighted various tactical weak links in their armory.
Heading into December they were languishing at the eighth spot and to add to that injuries to first team stars like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere did not help their cause one bit. Apart from Alexis Sanchez who kept the team going with his magic on the field the entire squad looked isolated and frustrated.
Arsenal’s first choice goalie Szczesny was accused of smoking in the dressing room shower and was showed the way to the bench from the Boss due to disciplinary reasons. This proved to be a blessing in disguise for the team as new signing David Ospina stepped up big time ending Szczesny’s tenure as Arsenal’s first choice goalie. The second half of the season saw a rejuvenated Arsenal taking it to the opposition which all started with a convincing victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal became the inform team in the league where they stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 games which consisted of a 4-1 demolition of Liverpool and many other superb victories. But the points they dropped at the beginning of the season was too much for them recover and eventually ended up being 3rd in the league behind Chelsea and City.
Capital One Cup
There was not much to write home about regarding Arsenal’s Capital One Cup campaign. They suffered a shock exit in the fourth round at the hands of Southampton.
Arsenal’s venture for the prestigious Champions League again remained a distant dream. They merely self-destructed themselves after being tipped to be the favorites in their round of 16 draw against a depleted Monaco side. Despite leveling the aggregate in the away fixture the Gunners got knocked out of the elite competition on away goals rule.
Fa Cup Triumph
The Gunners maintained an amazing level of consistency in the Fa Cup carrying on from where they left after winning the same last year. Their highlight was a 2-1 win at Old Trafford where youngster Danny Welbeck had the perfect homecoming snatching the winner. Arsenal continued their dominance and went on win the competition for the second time in a row and for a record 12 times overall.
Arsenal Season Review 2014/15 : Impact Players
Signed for 30 million pounds from the Catalans, Sanchez had a more than outstanding season where he ended up scoring 25 goals and providing 18 assists. The Chilean worked tirelessly throughout the entire campaign showing great maturity and composure and ended up being the best player for Arsenal this season.
This French youngster had a dream season after he was fitted into the midfield by Arsene Wenger. He provided the much needed balance to the squad breaking up opposition attacks and setting up counter attacks.
The Colombian international grabbed his opportunity of playing in the first team with both hands and recorded some magnificient saves thus saving crucial points for the Gunners.
The German midfield maestro suffered a major setback at the beginning of the season after he got sidelined with injury. But he came back in the second half of the season with a major purpose and recorded a handful of outstanding assists to give the Gunners a much needed boost.
Overall Arsenal will be quite happy with the way the season ended. They suffered some major setbacks in the Champions League and in the beginning of the domestic league but the improvement in the team after the winter break was for everyone to see and admire. The Gunners will definitely looking for a much better season in 2015-16 where they would definitely like to challenge for the Premier League title.
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