Arsenal have ended 2020 on a high.
Winning their first match of 2020 as well as their last, Arsenal managed to instill joy either side of the year. Just a shame about the rather large section in between.
There have been memorable moments, goals and victories, much of which has been offset with toxicity, disappointment and off-field turmoil.
As the New Year approaches, the hope is that Arsenal can enjoy a far smoother ride in 2021, one that sees incomings and outgoings galore, an upturn in form and the beginnings of a squad capable of embarking on a new era that returns the club up into the higher reaches of the Premier League and Europe.
Looking back on the calendar year there are obvious highs and considerable lows, thus there is no better time to dish out some club awards to those who’ve earned them. The usual prizes exist, so too do some alternative ones for the sake of diversity.
Let’s dig in. Here are Arsenal’s club awards for 2020.
Best Moment: FA Cup Triumph
Getting the obvious out of the way, it has to be the moment that not only stood out from the crowd, but also will stay in supporters’ memories forever.
Going behind early on to a rampant Chelsea, the obvious gulf in class between the two sides was expected to make way for a hammering.
Not on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s watch, though. Winning and scoring a vital penalty was added to with a divine second goal, a lead Arsenal held on to to claim their 14th FA Cup trophy.
What a wonderful day that was.
Worst Haircut: Shkodran Mustafi
Bleaching hair became a trend in football, one that carried over into all the children at school imitating their favourite players. Who can say they didn’t rock a bit of red hairspray (guilty) when Freddie Ljungberg did?
Aaron Ramsey pulled off the bleached look quite well when he went to the Euros with Wales, but less can be said about Shkodran Mustafi when he joined the party in February.
It didn’t look great on a fair few, but Mustafi wins the honour.
Odd One Out Award: Mesut Ozil
Not exactly his fault, it’s just become plainly clear that Mesut Ozil no longer has a place at Arsenal.
The manager’s decision has been made, and now it just feels bizarre to see a World Cup winner and once world-class creative midfielder simply turn up training and then drive home.
He’s up for another award, don’t worry.