For the period that I have known Arsenal – which I’m definitely sure is lesser compared to most ardent Gunners – the club has had two official home stadiums; Highbury and The Emirates. However, the Gunners seem to have made Wembley their second home away from home, if recent results at the stadium are anything to go by.
Arsene Wenger’s side has won 3 trophies in the last two seasons at Wembley, something that cannot go unnoticed. Their first triumph was in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull City. Despite being underdogs, The Tigers scored two quick goals within the first eight minutes, much to the dismay and anger of the red and white faithful… However, cohesive team-work and individual brilliance from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and an Aaron Ramsey secured us a trophy for the first time in nine years.
Arsenal were back at the venue in the summer to play against then Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Community Shield. In a show of sheer dominance, the Gunners ran out 3-0 winners over Manuel Pellegrini’s side to lift their second piece of silverware in three months at the home of football.
This time around, the Gunners qualified for the final of the 2015 FA Cup after a hard-fought battle with Reading at Wembley, eventually winning it 2-1 in extra time. The major showdown was however in the final where we hammered Aston Villa 4-0 to successfully defend the oldest competition in football.
Now that’s done, Arsene Wenger’s side will battle it out with Chelsea this summer in the FA Community Shield, which is considered the curtain raiser for the new Premier League season.
It will be at Wembley so hopefully this will act as a good omen and Wenger can finally break his duck over Jose Mourinho.