What Happened Then? Arsenal’s 6 Bad Starts in the Premier League Apart from 2021/2022

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“After three defeats, Arsenal finally won, even if it was only against a promoted club.”

1NEWS – Arsenal have just met Norwich City in the fourth week of the 2021/2022 Premier League at the Emirates Stadium, Saturday (11/9/2021) night WIB. As a result, the Gunners beat the promoted club 1-0.

Arsenal and Norwich both have not won until the third week. They were perched in positions 20 and 19 before the duel began. The Gunners, chasing their first win, pressed on for 90 minutes. They had 30 shots with six on goal. Meanwhile, Norwich made 10 attempts with only one on target.

However, Arsenal were only able to score one goal through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 66th minute. This goal was enough to deliver the North London club to their first league win this season. It also made Mikel Arteta breathe a temporary sigh of relief.

Before this season, Arsenal had six very bad starts in the English domestic competition, especially in the Premier League era. However, they were able to bounce back in the middle and end of the season to reach a much better position than the results in the early weeks.

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Here’s what happened next as the Gunners suffered 6 bad starts in the Premier League:

6. 1992/1993 season (3 points, 3 games)

Arsenal won Division I (old name of competition) 1990/1991. However, made a poor start in the inaugural edition of the Premier League by losing 2-4 against Norwich in the opener. Things took a turn for the worse when Alan Shearer scored the winner for Blackburn Rovers in the second game.

George Graham’s side got their first Premier League win at the third attempt when goals from Anders Limpar and Ian Wright gave Liverpool a 2-0 win.

Furthermore, the Gunners continued to struggle with inconsistency and finished 10th after recording 56 points from 42 Premier League games. Despite a disappointing league season, Arsenal won the FA Cup and League Cup after beating Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.

5. 1994/1995 season (3 points, 3 games)

Arsenal are looking for ways to build a team after the completion of the 1993/1994 season. They recorded a 3-0 win over Manchester City on the opening day of the 1994/1995 season. But, lost back-to-back away games against Leeds United and Liverpool.

Their rhythm began to spiral out of control and Graham’s tenure at Arsenal ended in February 1995 when he was sacked for his role in the English football scandal.

Stewart Houston was then appointed caretaker. But, won only four of their 13 Premier League games and Arsenal finished 12th. However, the Gunners still reached the Cup Winners’ Cup final. Unfortunately, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Mohamed Ali Amar aka Nayim scored the winning goal for Real Zaragoza.

4. 2017/2018 season (3 points, 3 games)

After winning their third Community Shield in four years, Arsenal started the Premier League season with a dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. However, their first away game was defeated by Stoke City. The Gunners then performed poorly at Anfield and lost 0-4 to Liverpool.

Arsenal slowly turned things around and climbed to the top of the table. However, their away form continues to frustrate progress.

Then, in the January 2018 transfer window, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at the club. While Alexis Sanchez went to Manchester United. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest, but reached the League Cup final before losing 3-0 to Manchester City.

That season, Arsenal did not participate in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and reached the semifinals of the Europa League before losing 1-2 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid. The Gunners finished sixth in the league and Arsene Wenger decided to step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

3. 2018/2019 season (3 points, 3 games)

Unai Emery was appointed Wenger’s successor in 2018 and features Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. However, Arsenal lost both of those matches and ended up getting some points with a 3-1 win against West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

They went on to lose just one of their next 15 Premier League games. That leaves them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea on Boxing Day.

In the domestic cup competition, Arsenal were eliminated by Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. They were better than the 2017/2018 season and reached the Europa League final. But, then lost 4-1 against Chelsea.

The Gunners also ended the league season in poor form. They have lost four of their last seven games to finish fifth and one point behind Tottenham.

2. 2006/2007 season (2 points, 3 games)

After Arsenal lost in the 2005/2006 Champions League final to Barcelona, ​​Dennis Bergkamp hung up his boots and Robert Pires went to Villarreal. It was the start of a new era for the Gunners, although the first competitive game at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

They then lost 0-1 away against Manchester City before Middlesbrough also frustrated them for a 1-1 draw.

However, Arsenal got back on track with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford before recording their first win at the Emirates Stadium after beating Sheffield United 3-0.

In the end, Wenger led them to the League Cup final. But, Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. They were also knocked out of the Champions League by PSV Eindhoven and failed to get past Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. Arsenal ended the Premier League season in fourth with 21 points behind league winners Manchester United.

1. 2011/2012 season (1 point, 3 games)

Prior to the 2021/2022 season, Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season occurred exactly 10 years earlier. The Gunners drew 0-0 with Newcastle United in their opening game and Gervinho received a straight red card on his competitive debut.

Cesc Fabregas then completed his return to Barcelona and Samir Nasri followed suit by dropping out of the squad. After Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off in the home game against Liverpool, an own goal from Aaron Ramsey and a last-minute goal from Luis Suarez saw Arsenal lose 0-2.

Despite their poor start to the season, few could have predicted a 2-8 loss to Manchester United. Arsenal reacted with four new players. They brought in Park Chu-young, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta before the transfer window closed.

Wenger’s team finally began to turn things around. With Robin van Persie’s goals, they climbed to the top of the league table. Thierry Henry returned to the club in January 2012 and marked his second debut with the winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup.

Unfortunately they finished the season without a trophy after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Sunderland and losing 3-4 on aggregate to AC Milan in the Champions League. Arsenal still secured Champions League qualification by finishing in third place. They are one point ahead of North London rivals Tottenham.

(diaz alvioriki/you)

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