WENGER’S HEAVIEST DEFEAT FIVE YEARS ON

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Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has spent decades with the club, there were the good times and surely there have been the not-so good times.


Looking back at Wenger’s heaviest defeat, Manchester United served them an ugly gift back in 2011. The game set lots of records, one notable one being the record of heaviest defeat for the club since 1896, and Wenger’s in his career at Gunner’s manager.

Wayne Rooney got a hat trick, Ashley Young hit a brace, Nani scored, Welbeck and Park appareared on the goal scorer’s list as well. Manchester United hosted Arsenal at Old Trafford in the last week of August but it didn’t end well as the score line ended 8-2. Looking back at the players that Wenger featured five years on.

Wojciech Szczesny was in goal, and he was unfortunate to have conceded it all. He was one the highly rated young shot stoppers, but there was nothing he could do to stop the goals from flowing in. He remained with the club may years after, winning two FA Cups to end years of barrenness. He has since moved on to Italy after being overthrown by David Ospina, and then Petr Cech.

Carl Jenkinson, Armand Traore, Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou were the backline in action. Jenkinson was sent off in the game, and has been out on loan to West Ham but he is back at the Emirates. Traore has since moved on, having featured because of the myriad of injuries Arsenal was facing. Koscienlny has grown to being one of the Premier League’s best. Djourou played less than ten games a term but Wenger retained in his usual optimism for nine years.

Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin were in action and they played with Tomas Rosicky, leaving Robin van Persie to strike. Coquelin, Ramsey and Walcott remain but the other three have moved on. Rosicky was injury-laden and has to go, Van Persie moved to United, while Arshavin never reached his potential despite finishing sixth in the Ballon d’Or voting three years earlier.

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