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Ramsdale's save, shock losses - Arsenal's 9 ridiculous moments of 21/22

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The Premier League season is over, and for Arsenal, it’s been another eventful year for the north London side, yet at least this time it ended on a high note.

The Gunners are back in Europe after a fifth-place finish, with Mikel Arteta’s side missing out on fourth by just two points as Antonio Conte’s Tottenham were able to squeeze past Arsenal in the final weeks of the season.

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It’s been a mental campaign for the Gunners filled with incredible highs and some shocking lows, and here are just nine of the most ridiculous moments of the season that would go on to define Arsenal’s year.

Arsenal spend £150m in the summer, and it works

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The first outrageous moment for Arsenal came before the season had even started when the Gunners spent the most out of any side in Europe in the summer transfer window, with Arteta and Edu Gaspar splurging £150m on six new signings.

Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale headlined the window for just how divisive the signings were at the time, yet for Arsenal, every single new player worked out in some way or another, with Martin Odegaard and Takehiro Tomiyasu establishing themselves as key first-team players and the aforementioned England duo both thriving under Arteta.

Three games, three losses, zero goals scored

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It feels like a lifetime ago when ‘panic mode’ was activated at Arsenal, and the only time the button was last pressed was at the start of the season when the Gunners lost their first three games of the season, scoring zero and sitting bottom of the table heading into September.

Whilst the results were somewhat predictable from an Arsenal fan’s perspective, that didn’t stop rival supporters or pundits from giving consistent blows to the Gunners and their apparent lack of ambition in the transfer window, yet as we know, the north London side would have the last laugh.

Aaron Ramsdale breaks the internet

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After the 5-0 loss to Manchester City, Arteta’s plan for Arsenal would kick into action, with the Gunners winning seven of their next nine Premier League matches, yet if there was one result and one action fans remembered most from this run, it was Ramsdale’s save against Leicester City.

A side Arsenal have historically struggled against, James Maddison’s close-range free-kick looked set to be heading into the top corner, but an outrageous save from Ramsdale denied the England international what looked like a certain goal, with the moment going viral on social media and winning the 24-year-old keeper huge plaudits.

Arsenal gift Everton their first win in months

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Arsenal are the kings at failing to get results when they matter most, as we will see later in this list, and the Gunners’ trip to Goodison Park to face an Everton side without a win in three months had the aura of another slip-up.

And slipped-up is exactly what Arsenal did, with Arteta’s side throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to the Toffees thanks to a last-minute Demarai Gray screamer, throwing some major doubt into the Gunners fanbase over if this season will ever be a success.

Arteta takes Arsenal to fourth at Christmas

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After the shocking start to the season, very few Arsenal fans would have predicted the north London side to be sitting fourth come the Christmas period, yet that’s exactly what the Gunners had managed when the end of the year festivities arrived.

A 5-0 win on Boxing Day against Norwich City put Arsenal back into the top four for the first time in years, and for fans, it began to dawn on them that the race for a UEFA Champions League spot could well be on, despite the odds.

Officials ruin Arsenal’s New Year vs. Manchester City

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Referees and Arsenal have a turbulent relationship, so much so that fans could have a solid case that some officials have an agenda against the north London side given how many dubious decisions have gone against the Gunners in recent seasons.

And no match this season encapsulated that more than Arsenal’s New Year’s Day clash against Manchester City, where the referee, Stuart Attwell, became the main attraction and not for the right reasons.

From denying the Gunners a penalty and then handing City a spot-kick for an identical foul to booking Bukayo Saka for quite literally standing there to sending off Gabriel Magalhaes for two somewhat contentious yellows, it was a day that boiled the blood of Arsenal fans and seemingly cost the Gunners three huge points in the season.

Nottingham Forest once again knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup

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After the disappointment against City, Nottingham Forest gave Arsenal another slap in the face when the Championship side hosted the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup and once against eliminated the north London side.

With a depleted side and fixture congestion hitting an all-time high, Forest took advantage of Arsenal’s situation and pulled off a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at the City Ground, knocking the Gunners out of the FA Cup early for the second year in a row.

Arsenal lose three in a row to midtable sides

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Between January and March, things were smooth sailing for Arsenal. Wins were once again coming in on the regular and the march for top four was growing stronger and stronger. Then came an away trip to Selhurst Park, and everything changed.

A thumping 3-0 loss from Patrick Vieira’s side not only lost Arsenal momentum in the Champions League race, but also Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, who would not play again for the remainder of the season.

The next match against Brighton made things worse when the Gunners lost to the Seagulls 2-1, before a 1-0 loss on the south coast against Southampton turned Arsenal’s season into one of hope into one of pure pain. A miracle was needed, and one did arrive.

Newcastle United end Arsenal’s top-four hopes

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After losing three matches in succession to somewhat average sides, Arsenal went on their arguably most impressive winning run of the season, beating Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham, capped off with a victory against Leeds United.

The Champions League race was back on, and a win against Tottenham at their ground would secure fourth. And what did Arsenal do? Of course, they crumbled under the pressure and lost 3-0 to Spurs.

A 2-0 loss to Newcastle United four days later, a side who had nothing to play for, effectively ended Arsenal’s hopes of a fourth-place finish. And whilst the season ended on a 5-1 win against Everton, it was too little too late as Tottenham secured the final Champions League spot.

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