Season Review: Premier League

Over the next week we’ll be reviewing Arsenal's 2014/15 campaign - and we continue with a look back at the Premier League.

The Gunners made a habit of scoring late goals in the first few games of the season. First Aaron Ramsey struck in the last minute to earn all three points against Crystal Palace on the opening day, before Olivier Giroud salvaged a point at Goodison Park a week later.

Alexis Sanchez opened his Premier League account in the 1-1 draw at Leicester City before the Chilean and Jack Wilshere scored impressive goals as Arsenal were unlucky to only hold Manchester City to a draw at Emirates Stadium.

"Coquelin emerged as a first-team regular during an unbeaten streak against Newcastle, Liverpool, QPR and West Ham"

The Gunners returned to their free-flowing best and Danny Welbeck scored his first goal for the club in a Mesut Ozil-inspired 3-0 win at Aston Villa, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had to rescue a point in the north London derby before Arsenal lost 2-0 at Chelsea.

Welbeck followed up his Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray with a last-gasp equaliser against Hull City, and then the Gunners temporarily hit their stride with Alexis hitting back-to-back doubles against Sunderland and Burnley.

However, Arsenal were knocked back again by Swansea City and Manchester United. Welbeck then scored another vital goal in the 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion but the Gunners’ trip to Britannia Stadium was not as pleasant, conceding three goals in a poor first-half showing against Stoke City.

Giroud’s return to fitness and goalscoring form coincided with Arsenal’s improvement, while Francis Coquelin also emerged as a first-team regular during a four-game unbeaten streak against Newcastle United, Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United around Christmas.

Arsenal suffered a New Year’s Day blow at Southampton but bounced back to convincingly beat Stoke City and Aston Villa, as well as produce their best away performance of the season to defeat Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

The Gunners were pegged back again, this time falling victim to Harry Kane’s good form at White Hart Lane, but came back stronger than ever to piece together an eight-game winning streak which included a memorable 4-1 victory against Liverpool, denting the Reds’ pursuit of Champions League qualification.

Chelsea halted Arsenal’s progress with a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium but Arsene Wenger’s side came out flying eight days later to hit three past Hull City in a sensational first-half performance.

The Gunners suffered a rare blip against Swansea but ended their Premier League campaign on a high, drawing at Old Trafford to complete an unbeaten season in Manchester, before smashing four past West Bromwich Albion to secure third place and automatic Champions League qualification for the first time since 2012.

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