Everybody loves a big scoreline. Football truly is a beautiful game, and very few have managed to play it as beautifully as Arsenal under Arsene Wenger. Along the way, his side have managed to piece together quite a few scorelines which have embarrassed the opposition, and delighted the Arsenal fans.[quote_right]”Football truly is a beautiful game, and very few have managed to play it as beautifully as Arsenal…”[/quote_right]
Technically speaking, Arsenal’s biggest ever victory came over 100 years ago, on the 12th March 1900. The Gunners welcomed Loughborough Town to Woolwich by thrashing them 12-0. Ironically, our biggest ever away loss came at the hands of Loughborough Town just four years before, in 1896, where Arsenal lost 8-0.
Naturally, things have changed a little since 1900. Since then, we have changed our home ground twice, transforming ourselves into a modern, well structured Football Club. Although our scorelines have not yet reached the heights of the early 20th Century, I’d argue that our Footballing quality probably has. Here’s why.
[title]Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn (Feb 2012)[/title]
Goal Scorers: Robin Van Persie (3), Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (2), Mikel Arteta (1), Thierry Henry (1)
On the 4th Feb 2012, Arsenal played Blackburn at home in the Premier League. Arsenal were looking for points to reach the top four, whilst Blackburn were attempting to claw their way out of a relegation battle.
The scoreline was delightful, but the true highlight of the fixture was watch Thierry Henry slot away Arsenal’s 7th. The dubious goals department of the Premier League eventually assigned it as an own goal due to a deflection, but that does little to tarnish the greatness of the moment itself.
[title]Arsenal 7-0 Everton (May 2005)[/title]
Goal Scorers: Robin Van Persie (1), Robert Pires (2), Patrick Vieira (1), Edu (1), Dennis Bergkamp (1), Mathieu Flamini (1)
On the 11th May 2005, Everton visited The Gunners, hoping to at least grab a point. Instead, they received a beating that they won’t too soon forget. Arsenal had not managed to win the League that season, but decided to turn on the style anyway.
The dream team consisting of Pires, Henry, Bergkamp and the rest were all in top form, feeding off each others energy. Of course, at the heart of all the attack was none other than the true Arsenal legend, Dennis Bergkamp.
[title]Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough (Jan 2006)[/title]
Goal Scorers: Thierry Henry (3), Gilberto Silva (1), Senderos (1), Robert Pires (1), Alexandr Hleb (1)
On the 14th January 2006, Arsenal decided that it was yet again the time to lay down seven goals on to helpless opposition.
It was Arsenal’s last year at Highbury, and what a turbulent year it was. In the midst of yet another race for fourth spot, Arsenal managed to produce another masterclass of Footballing art. Thierry Henry naturally spearheaded the attack, undoing the Middlesborough defence again and again.
[title]Arsenal 6-0 QPR (Jan 2001)[/title]
Goal Scorers: Chris Plumber (Own Goal), Matthew Rose (Own Goal), Sylvain Wiltord (2), Robert Pires (1), Dennis Bergkamp (1)
On the 6th January 2001, Arsenal turned up the heat on Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup. Although The Gunners were rampant, they weren’t able to hit their magic number of seven past their opposition.
Two own goals aided Arsenal, but a great display from Sylvain Wiltord, combined with the brilliance of Pires and Bergkamp, saw that there was no way back for QPR. A memorable day for both sides - for different reasons.
[title]Arsenal 7-0 Slavia Prague (Oct 2007)[/title]
Goal Scorers: Cesc Fabregas (2), Theo Walcott (2), Alexandr Hleb (1), Nicklad Bendtner (1), Hubacek (Own Goal)
On a cold October evening, Slavia Prague visited the Emirates stadium in hope of some good fortune. Unfortunately for them, Arsenal had set their eyes on another heavenly seven goal romp.
Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott stamped their authority on the match, with Alexandr Hleb and Nicklas Bendtner getting in on the action. It’s not often a Champions League side concedes seven goals, and so Arsenal can be particularly proud of this one.
Quite clearly, Arsenal are and the number seven get on extremely well. Although seven goals in one game is impressive, it would be fantastic if Arsenal were to smash their personal 12 goal record. Preferably at White Hart Lane.[quote_left]”Arsene Wenger - in a typically structured fashion, has led Arsenal to come pretty impressive victories…”[/quote_left]
In lieu of Arsenal’s love affair with the number seven, I feel that Arsenal’s 7-5 victory away at Reading in 2012 is more than worth and honorary mention. Coming from 4 goals down, The Gunners managed to overturn the deficit to eventually knock the The Royals out of the Capital One Cup.
Additionally, Arsenal have only just beaten the Indonesian Dream Team 7-0 as they kicked off their tour of Asia.
To conclude, Arsene Wenger - in a typically structured fashion, has led Arsenal to come pretty impressive victories during his Arsenal reign. With the 2013/14 campaign just round the corner, I’m sure I am not alone in hoping for some more Seventh Heaven victories.
Which game has been your favourite Arsenal goal romp?