Team Review: Arsenal FC in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 14, 2014
Arsenal FC in the 2013-14 Season

Premier League Finish: Fourth place

Match Results: W24-D7-L7

(Featured image: Arsenal | Source: Zimbio)

 

Arsenal spent their 22nd season in the English Premier League on a mixed but generally stunning series of matches. They finished fourth overall and consequently obtained berth in the Champions League play-off round. While they may have opened their campaign with a defeat from Aston Villa 1-3, they have eventually picked some pace and even raked the table’s summit at one point during their campaign.

 

Team top brass Arsene Wenger and the rest of the Arsenal management announced the release of 10 reserve team players: Henderson, Meade, Watt, Bihmoutine, Charles-Cook, Hajrović, Neita, Roberts, Rees, and Shea. Johan Djourou, Vito Mannone, Jernade Meade, and Gervinho also left the club.

 

The crisis in the lack of quality players affected much of the The Gunners’ campaign and it was the sole reason why they failed to maintain their top position and landed seven points behind eventual league champions and online betting favorites Manchester City. They definitely had the money but they chose to be relatively inactive in the transfer market, although the signing of mega-talents like Yaya Sanogo, Mathieu Flamini, Emiliano Viviano, and Mesut Ozil was done in good taste.

 

Olivier Giroud came out as the side’s top scorer by the end of the season, netting a total of 16 league goals. He also scored three goals in the FA Cup and another three in the Champions League. Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski also scored more than 10 goals in the top-tier league.

 

Arsenal participated in four major competitions last season. As mentioned, they finished fourth in the Premier League with a total of 68 goals scored and 41 conceded in 38 matches. They reached the fourth round in the League Cup, eliminated in the competition by Chelsea 0-2. At the FA Cup however, the club emerged as champions. They defeated Hull City 3-2 at the Wembley Stadium with an extra time winner from Ramsey. In the Champions League, meanwhile, Arsenal only reached the Round of 16, beaten by German powerhouse Bayern Munich 1-3.