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Five moments Arsenal can take inspiration from to drive their Premier League title charge

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It's been a rough few weeks for Arsenal, but as we enter the final stages of the season, what have been the club's best moments so far? 

The Gunners currently sit six points off league-leaders Leicester City, they're still in with a (small) chance of beating Barcelona in the Champions League and a third-straight FA Cup could be in the offing. 

There are still some significant stories to be told, but amidst their title bid, Arsenal must seek inspiration from previous performances to drive their charge. Here are five of their best moments.


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Arsenal's season began with beating Chelsea and lifting the Community Shield. Not many people regard the occasion as a yardstick to measure early success, but Wenger could look back at this moment as a pivotal one.

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While it looks like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't benefited from the goal which won the match, it does look like it gave the Gunners an early confidence boost. 

At the time, people were expecting champions Chelsea to deliver the trophy after dominating domestically in the previous campaign. Nevertheless, Arsenal lifted the shield for the 14th time in their history. 

Chelsea v Arsenal - FA Community Shield

Although it may not look like a noteworthy performance now, especially considering Chelsea's poor performances this season, defeating the champions would have given Arsene Wenger's side belief they could be Premier League champions this time out. 


This was the moment people started to genuinely believe this could be Arsenal's year. 

For large parts of this season, Manchester City were regarded as title favourites, but in this early title showdown Wenger's side came out on top. 

One thing to highlight from this game was Mesut Ozil. He made a further two assists and is now just two away from Thierry Henry's record of 20. His form will be crucial in winning major honours this season.

Arsenal v Manchester City - Premier League

The Gunners were comfortable for the majority of the game. Only when Yaya Toure scored with eight minutes to go did City look like getting something from the game. And even then, the north Londoners held on, showing the resilience needed as champions. 


Seen by many Arsenal's fans as their best performance of the season - or certainly the best 20 minutes - the Gunners scored three goals with more than three quarters of the match to spare.

A beautifully crafted goal finished by Ozil was sandwiched in between two sensational Alexis Sanchez strikes. 


The blitz left Manchester United and Louis van Gaal stunned, with the game over before it had really begun. Not even Arsenal fans could believe what they were seeing.

The Red Devils got their ownback on Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Gunners, much to fans' dismay.  


The Gunners got off to the worst possible start in their group - one they should have qualified from with ease. 

They went into their opening two matches with that mindset and as a result acted far too comfortably and lost on both occasions.

In the end, however, they miraculously turned it around, starting with a much-needed victory over Bayern Munich. 


Instead of trying to match them toe-to-toe, Arsenal sat deep and hit them on the counter attack. They made it difficult for the German champions and snatched two late goals. 

They were demolished 5-1 at the Allianz Arena in the return fixture, but victories over Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos in the final two matches were enough to get them through. 

Whilst a disappointing scoreline against Barcelona in the last 16 has scuppered Arsenal's confidence, they go into the return tie under no pressure and could use that to their advantage. Defeat and a few less fixtures could benefit them also, of course.


Now to potentially the most defining and important moment.

After entering the break at half time 1-0 down courtesy of a Jamie Vardy penalty, Arsenal fans would have likely feared the worst knowing defeat would see them fall eight points behind in the title race. 

Arsenal v Leicester City - Premier League

But we all know what happened next. Danny Simpson's red card gave the Gunners a lifeline, whilst Theo Walcott's striker spurred his side on to chase a winner.

And then it came. Danny Welbeck, after ten months out injured, emerged from the bench to score in the dying moments and send the Emirates into raptures. Arsenal won 2-1 and closed the gap to two points.

Arsenal's season has been full of twist, turns, ups, downs and all the rest, but if they can shrug off their recent form and take inspiration from these momentous occasions, the Premier League trophy might just return to the red half of north London in May.

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