Arsenal fans will forever rue their 2015/16 season in the Premier League.
In a year famed for the fairytale triumph of Leicester City, the Gunners were left to wonder what could have been after finishing in second place and having beaten the Foxes home and away.
But alas, sloppy results in the second half of the season opened the door for Leicester to pull away and prevent Arsene Wenger from securing what would have been a poetic fourth Premier League title.
Arsenal’s 2015/16 season
Despite securing 20 wins to finish above Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal also racked up more than double the amount of losses that the eventual champions did.
Wenger’s men came up short against West Ham United, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion as well as losing twice against Chelsea despite the Blues finishing the season in 10th.
However, of all the crushing defeats that ultimately derailed Arsenal’s title challenge, perhaps none of them were more devastating than the 4-0 drubbing that they suffered away to Southampton.
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Southampton 4-0 Arsenal
The Gunners were sitting pretty at the Premier League summit just a few days before their trip to the St. Mary’s Stadium, but such a humiliating defeat on the south coast marked the beginning of the end for their title charge.
Shane Long nabbed himself a second-half brace and Jose Fonte popped up with a goal in a truly sorry performance from Arsenal, but it was the opening strike that was particularly note-worthy.
That’s because Cuco Martina opened the floodgates with what proved to be his only goal for the Saints and it just happened to be one of the most aesthetically-pleasing in Premier League history.
Martina’s corker vs Arsenal
With less than 20 minutes on the clock, the Dutch full-back kicked off Arsenal’s capitulation with an outrageous strike past Petr Cech after the ball had been headed away by Per Mertesacker.
Martina used the outside of his right boot to make the perfect connection with replays showing just how physics-bending the strike’s trajectory really was, so be sure to check it out down below:
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
I’m wagering that Martina’s strike is right up there with the Premier League’s most aesthetically-pleasing goals.
You know, where the circumstances, angles, connection and even the sound of the shot all marry perfectly together to concoct a goal that makes you just want to spam the ‘replay’ button over and over again.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Jack Wilshere’s team goal vs Norwich City and Luis Suarez’s superglue goal against Newcastle United are up there too, but come on, just look at the curve on Martina’s strike.
It’s in the same school of aesthetically-pleasing brilliance as Benjamin Pavard’s goal at the 2018 World Cup and Samuel Umtiti’s unstoppable volley for Lyon at White Hart Lane.
But even if you don’t think that Martina’s wonder goal is the most jaw-dropping and salivating strike in Premier League history, don’t pretend as though you don’t want to watch it back one more time.
Well, unless you’re an Arsenal fan, of course.