Good results have been very few and far between for Arsenal in 2020.
I’m certain that the entire population can’t wait to see the back of 2020. For many this has been the worst year in living memory, and hopefully in 2021 we can start afresh. At the beginning of the year, Arsenal fans has hoped that 2020 would bring about a long awaited revival, instead we got more of the same.
There have been a few high moments where we thought we had turned the corner, but these turned out to be false dawns.
Almost 12 months to the day since he took over, Arsenal gave arguably their best performance under Mikel Arteta, and we are hoping the 3-1 win against Chelsea can be the catalyst to kick start our season – not another frustrating false dawn.
Without further ado, here are three results that got many of us believing that Arsenal were back in a year we’re happy to see the back of.
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: FA Cup Final – August 2020
Three years since our last FA Cup final victory against the same opponent, we went into the game as underdogs. Considering the way Chelsea dismantled Arsenal in the Europa league final the previous campaign, and our respective league positions, the favourites were those in blue.
Revenge was definitely on our minds but things didn’t look promising early on as Chelsea started brightly, taking the lead through Christian Pulisic. However, our talisman Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang equalised after being brought down by Cesar Azpilcueta in the penalty area. A cool penalty.
Our defence largely kept the Chelsea attack quiet throughout, with Hector Bellerin especially impressing, as it was his run through the midfield that started the build-up to the winner. Aubameyang collected Nicolas Pepe‘s pass, sending Kurt Zouma for an early retirement and chipping over Willy Caballero.
The celebrations that followed, and the fact that Arteta had a trophy in the first few months as manager, suggested that good times were coming back to North London.