Incredible 'timeline of fun' shows why Arsenal are considered the ultimate 'banter club'


Football is back and so too are Arsenal.

It’s been just four days since the Premier League returned are the Gunners are already in meltdown.

On Wednesday, they lost 3-0 to Manchester City with David Luiz disgracing himself with a terrible substitute performance which lasted 25 minutes before he was sent off.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, they lost 2-1 to relegation-threatened Brighton in the last minute as match winner Neal Maupay claimed the Arsenal players ‘need to learn what humility is.’

Oh dear.

But Arsenal fans are all too familiar with this feeling. After all, they are the ultimate banter club.

If you don’t believe us, one Reddit user compiled an incredible timeline of moments that sum up the club - going all the way back to 2006.

Take a look:

  • Dec 2006: Sheffield Utd 1-Arsenal 0 - SU keeper Paddy Kenny is injured in the 60th minute. Phil Jagielka goes in goal for 30 minutes. Arsenal still concede and lose.
  • Jan 2008: Tottenham 5-1 Arsenal - famous for Adebayor and Bendtner having an argument on the pitch)
  • Feb 2008: Man Utd 4-0 Arsenal - admittedly a very good Man Utd side. But 3-0 down at HT, Eboue sent-off in second-half and Nani taking the piss is the abiding memory of this game.
  • Feb 2008: Birmingham 2-2 Arsenal - YES, the injury to Eduardo was horrific, but their reaction to this summed up why they don't win titles.
  • Oct 2008: Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham - They were 4-2 up in the 90th minute ffs...
  • Nov 2008: Stoke 2-1 Arsenal - The first of repeated shatting of pants at Stoke.
  • Apr 2009: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea - FA Cup semi. Wenger's team selection doesn't include Arshavin who's in the form of his career (he would score four at Anfield days later). Fabianski in goal gifts the tie to Drogba and Chelsea.
  • May 2009:Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd - Champions League semi. Not even close. All over after 10 minutes.
  • Nov 2009: Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea - Drogba'd, AGAIN.
  • Apr 2010: Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal, Spurs 2-1 Arsenal, Wigan 3-2 Arsenal Three games on the bounce. Barcelona were a difficult opponent, yes. But Arsenal were abject that night despite taking the lead. Then a week later Danny Rose scores the goal of his life and Gareth Bale, who months earlier had gone on a 3-year run of never winning a Premier League game, tore them apart at the Lane. Then, 2-0 up against Wigan at the DW with 10 minute to go, they go on to lose 3-2, with Titus Bramble amongst the goalscorers. Utterly pathetic.
  • Nov 2010: Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham - 2-0 up at home to bitter rivals, lose 3-2.
  • Feb 2011: Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal - 4-0 up. You know the rest. I mean, f***s sake.
  • Feb 2011: Leyton Orient 1-1 Arsenal - This begins the period where Arsenal are REALLY s**t in February/early March every season.
  • Feb 2011: Birmingham 2-1 Arsenal, Carling Cup Final - A Frenchman walks into a Pole. Birmingham score.
  • March 2011: Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal FA Cup. Man Utd's midfield that day? Fabio, Rafael, John O'Shea and Darron Gibson
  • April 2011: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool Score a penalty in 92nd minute. Concede an equalising penalty in the 98th minute.
  • May 2011: Stoke 3-1 Arsenal Andy Wilkinson, Rory Delap and Kenwyne Jones were too much for Arsene's boys.
  • Aug 2011: Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal I'd 8-2 be Arsenal fan right now...Inspired the panic buys of Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young and Yossi Benayoun (also Arteta and Mertesacker).
  • Sep 2011: Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal - Blackburn, who would be relegated this season, managed by Steve Kean score four times against the Gunners. 46-year-old Yakubu scores twice.
  • Feb 2012: Milan 4-0 Arsenal - This wasn't a vintage Milan side. Another round of 16 humping. Of course they go 3-0 up at HT of the return leg and don't score anymore.
  • Feb 2012; Sunderland 2-0 Arsenal Like day follows night, Arsenal crash out of another cup competition in February.
  • Apr 2012: Arsenal 1-2 Wigan - in a race for 3rd place that they were fortunate to get on the last day of the season at West Brom, Arsenal couldn't cope with a Franco Di Santo/Jordi Gomez 1-2 in the first eight minutes.
  • Oct 2012: Norwich 1-0 Arsenal Well organised, tough, and of course, Arsenal can't cope with Grant Holt.
  • Nov 2012: Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal The first game against RVP since his move to Old Trafford. Scores after 3 minutes, obviously. Andre Santos swaps shirts on the pitch with him at HT. 90th minute consolation by Cazorla makes scoreline reflect better on Arsenal.
  • Dec 2012 - Bradford p1-1 Arsenal Losing on penalties to a League Two side after naming a strong team? Not great.
  • Feb 2013: Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn - Trophyless for 8 years, Championship Blackburn win at the Emirates to end Gooners' FA Cup dream.
  • Feb 2013: Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich - Could have been a lot more. But the tie was over by the end of the first leg. Of course, Arsenal win 2-0 in the second to NEARLY go through when the pressure's off. A pattern begins to emerge...
  • August 2013: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa - A mediocre but determined Villa side score 3 on the opening day, including one by left-back Antonio Luna who makes his only notable contribution to the Premier League.And thus, ArsenalFanTV was born.
  • Dec 2013: Man City 6-3 Arsenal - Defence? What defence?
  • Feb 2014: Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal - It must be February again. Arsenal do what they usually do after an embarrassment and put a good run of results together, eight wins and one draw out of nine going into this game.
  • Liverpool 4-0 up after 20 minutes, and to be honest it should have been more. They were superb, Arsenal utterly and predictably abject.
  • Feb 2014: Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich - Szczesny sent off, tie over after the first leg again.
  • March 2014: Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal Wenger's 1000th game. Chelsea 3-0 up in 17 minutes. Even their joke of a substitute Mohammad Salah scored. Whatever happened to him?
  • April 2014: Everton 3-0 Arsenal - Arsenal let Everton into the race for fourth place by being utterly abject. A sight their fans are very used to seeing.
  • Nov 2014: Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht 3-0 up at home - Premier League stalwarts Anthony Vanden Borre and Aleksander Mitrovic with the goals.
  • Nov 2014: Swansea 2-1 Arsenal - the game afterwards, they let a lead slip with two goals from Swansea in three minutes.
  • Dec 2014: Stoke 3-2 Arsenal - 3-0 down at half-time, they claw it back only for Callum Chambers to get sent-off. Yet another defeat at Stoke.
  • Feb 2015: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco This isn't the Monaco team of 2017. This is a Monaco team with an aging Dimitar Berbatov up front. Despite getting a consolation goal in the 90th minute to make it 1-2, they concede seconds later to put the tie beyond their reach after the first leg, again. Embarrassing.And yet again they win the return leg by one goal fewer than they need to go through.
  • Aug 2015: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham - '12 points a season' was the line now they'd got Petr Cech. He made a blunder for at least one of the goals and another opening day defeat/crisis was upon us.
  • Sep 2015: Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal - The bottom seeds in their Champions League group ease past their hapless opponents.
  • Sep 2015: Arsenal 2-3 Olympiakos - Maybe they didn't want to go through to the round of 16 and save embarrassment again?
  • Oct 2015: Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Arsenal - A classic Arsenal performance.
  • Nov 2015: Bayern 5-1 Arsenal - More of these later.
  • Dec 2015: Southampton 4-0 Arsenal - Following a good win against Man City, victory would have put Arsenal top of the league. Instead...
  • Jan 2016: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea - Chelsea, a team in crisis and in the bottom half just weeks earlier, make light work of Arsenal, who have Mertesacker sent off, concede 5 minutes later and never recover.
  • Feb 2016: Arsenal 0-0 Southampton - Arsenal really should be title favourites, and the same night that Leicester beat Liverpool, they meekly draw at home to Southampton.
  • Feb/March 2016 - Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona, Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-2 Swansea - That time of year again. Three games in a row, and hopes of two trophies go into dust.
  • March 2016: Arsenal 1-2 Watford - Another cup run comes crashing to an end.
  • Dec 2016: Everton 2-1 Arsenal - Going well in the league, slack defending allows Ashley Williams to head in from a corner in the last five minutes.
  • Jan 2017: Arsenal 1-2 Watford 2-0 down after 13 minutes.
  • Feb 2017: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal - Bye bye, title hopes.
  • Feb 2017: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal - Wait, there's more to come...
  • March 2017: Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich - I guess these things 10-2 come in threes.
  • March 2017: WBA 3-1 Arsenal - Tony Pulis managed team outmuscles Wenger team? Hmmm, sounds familiar...
  • April 2017: Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal - I for one am shocked Arsenal couldn't cope with a motivated Sam Allardyce side away from home.
  • August 2017: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal - This was deliciously Arsenal. Several meltdowns occurred following this game, three games into the season.
  • October 2017: Watford 2-1 Arsenal - The 'cojones' game.
  • January 2018: Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal - Their first defeat in the 3rd round of the FA Cup since Bruce Rioch days. Still, at least Eric Lichaj got his dogs.
  • January 2018: Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal - Surrendered a lead to a deeply average Bournemouth team.
  • January 2018: Swansea 3-1 Arsenal - included a delicious defensive blunder for Jordan Ayew's goal.
  • Feb 2018: Arsenal 1-2 Ostersunds - A team I hadn't heard of until December win at the Emirates and capitalise on Arsenal's complacency.
  • Feb 2018: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City "A disgrace" - Gary Neville. And he wasn't even talking about the first goal.
  • Apr 2018: Arsenal 1-1 Atlético Madrid - playing against 10 men after just 10 minutes, then 1-0 up, of course they concede in the last 10 minutes giving themselves a mountain to climb (spoiler: didn't get much further than base camp)
  • Apr 2018: Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal - Fellaini last minute winner in Wenger's last game vs Man Utd
  • May 2018: Leicester 3-1 Arsenal - still 0 points away from home in the calendar year after this abject defeat
  • Dec 2018: Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal - they actually took an early lead. Job done I suppose
  • Jan 2019: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United - Sanchez scores against his former club, of course
  • Apr 2019: Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace - a win here would have been enough for CL
  • Apr 2019: Wolverhampton 3-1 Arsenal - a win here would have been enough for CL. 1st half the most abject I've ever had the pleasure of seeing
  • Apr 2019: Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal - a win here would have been enough for CL
  • May 2019: Arsenal 1-1 Brighton - a win here would have been enough for CL
  • May 2019: Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal - Europa League final - must have been a mental boycott due to the Mkhytarian/Azerbaijan thing
  • Sep 2019: Watford 2-2 Arsenal - 2 goal lead squandered against the bottom of the table Hornets
  • Oct 2019: Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace - 2 goal lead squandered again
  • Dec 2019: Arsenal 1-2 Brighton - Freddie's first home game in charge, but now 9 games without a win after this - the worst run since 1977
  • Dec 2019: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City - 0-3 and game over after 40 minutes
  • Dec 2019: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea - 1-0 up after 80 minutes, what could go wrong? Ah.
  • Feb 2020: Arsenal 1-2 Olympiakos - 1-0 up after the away leg, what could go wrong? Ah.
  • Jun 2020: Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal - David Luiz
  • Jun 2020: Brighton 2-1 Arsenal - Merked by Maupay

That’s one incredible depressing timeline for Arsenal fans…

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