The End of an Era: Arsene Wenger & Arsenal's 5 Greatest Victories at the Emirates Stadium

Sunday afternoon saw the end of an era at Arsenal Football Club, as Arsene Wenger emotionally oversaw his last game in charge at the Emirates Stadium. What he oversaw, was a vintage 'Wengerball' display.


It's something we've become accustomed to in the Frenchman's 22-year reign at the club, many teams have helplessly bore witness to footballing masterclasses at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium. 


With that in mind, here are five of Arsene Wenger's best victories at the Emirates Stadium:

5. Arsenal 7-0 Slavia Prague (2007/08)

We start the list off with the Gunners' incredible 7-0 demolition of Slavia Prague back in the UEFA Champions League group stages of 2007/08. 


It was a night showcasing the way football should be played. Wenger had put together a side full of young talent who played some of the most attractive football in Europe at the time. Each goal left the Emirates faithful in awe as Arsenal's attack cut through the Czech's defence like a knife through butter. 


The star performers on the night were the youthful Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott, grabbing two goals each in what was - at the time - the biggest win in UEFA Champions League history.

4. Arsenal 5-0 Porto (2009/10)

Next up is another European night at the Emirates during which Arsenal turned on the style. Wenger's side went into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie with Porto trailing 2-1, needing a win to qualify for the last eight of the competition.


The infamous Nicklas Bendtner led the line that night and got the clash off to the perfect start with two early goals. The tie was still on a knife edge when Samir Nasri came up with a superb solo goal, slaloming past three Porto defenders before smashing the ball in off the post. 


Emmanuel Eboue got a fourth goal three minutes later, before the perfect night was rounded off by Bendtner, who sealed his hat-trick with a penalty in stoppage time. What a night. 

3. Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United (2015/16)

The first Premier League game on the list is Arsenal's 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United in 2015. Both sides started the campaign in good form, and this encounter was seen as being the first proper test of the season for two sides who were heavily fancied to win the Premier League. 


It was Arsenal who came out on top; and in emphatic fashion. The Gunners vibrant attack led by Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez inspired an early blitz. The two Arsenal superstars scored twice in 74 seconds, with the Chilean later adding an excellent third.


It was a result and performance which left Arsenal fans confident of their first league title in just over a decade, however it wasn't to be, as Leicester City secured their place in history with their miraculous title win.  

2. Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur (2011/12)

There's not too much sweeter in football than a comeback against your arch rivals, which is why the North London derby of the 2011/12 campaign is a memorable one for Arsenal fans.


Spurs headed into the game enjoying a better season than Arsenal with the Lilywhites looking likely to beat their local rivals to a top four spot. Led by the world class talents of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, it was the away side who took the lead through Louis Saha, before ex-Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor made it 2-0.


Arsenal's incredible comeback was sparked by Bacary Sagna - of all people - who popped up five minutes before half-time with his first goal of the season. Moments later, Robin van Persie  grabbed the equaliser which was then followed by a clever Tomas Rosicky goal. The game was ended in devastating style by the Gunners, as Theo Walcott counter-attacked to score twice in three minutes to send the Emirates into raptures. 

1. Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona (2010/11)

Special things can happen on European nights, and on this night at the Emirate Stadium in 2011, something special certainly did happen. At the time Barcelona  were considered the best team in world football, managed by Pep Guardiola and led by Lionel Messi; therefore, Arsenal went into the tie massive as underdogs. 


It was a game during which Arsene Wenger's ever-present bravery and footballing philosophies paid dividends. It would've been easy to setup defensively against such a great team, but it was the opposite mentality which saw Arsenal earn a historic 2-1 win. 


The technical Arsenal midfield of a young Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri managed to hold their own against the great trio of Sergio Busquets, Xavi and Andres Iniesta. The bravery and confidence on the ball shown by the Arsenal midfield exposed Barca's defensive fragility. 


David Villa opened up the scoring, before Robin van Persie equalised with a trademark clean left-foot strike. The Gunners then took the lead through a Andrey Arsahvin, who slid the ball past Victor Valdes in the Barca goal following a sweeping counter-attack. The Emirates erupted. 


Luck wasn't on the side of the North London club in the second leg of the tie however, as a controversial van Persie red card proved to be the catalyst for Barcelona subsequently running out 3-1 winners at Camp Nou.