Here we look at five of the biggest Premier League defeats in recent history. The highlights are as entertaining as they are uncomfortable.
But who doesn’t love a high-scoring game? Football is built on highlight reels and there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing goal after goal go in. Unfortunately some teams take things a little too far.
5) Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan, 22nd of November 2009.
Spurs went into the game needing at least a draw to climb back into 4th spot and Wigan found themselves under the cosh from the first minute. It was no great surprise when Peter Crouch got Tottenham off the mark after nine minutes. Wigan held on in the first half and the teams went into the break with Spurs leading 1-0.
In the second half, Wigan fell to pieces and Spurs reaped the rewards with Jermaine Defoe scoring five goals. Totally annihilated in the space of 45 minutes, Wigan ended up reimbursing those fans who had made the trip to London…so at least they got something from the game.
4) Chelsea 8-0 Wigan, 9th of May 2010.
Just when you thought Wigan had learnt their lessons from the previous year’s thumping by Spurs, they went and did it again. This time Chelsea were the benefactors, slotting eight past the Latics on the final day of the season at Stamford Bridge. Carlo Ancelotti’s side needed a win to secure the Premier League crown and Wigan ensured the Blues did it in style.
3) Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City, 11th of May 2008.
Granted City were not the force back then that they are now, but few people would have expected the Sky Blues to lose when they travelled to Middlesbrough in 2008. City, then bankrolled by Thaksin Shinawatra conceded within 16 minutes before completely crumbling.
In possibly the finest moment of his Boro career, Alfonso Alves even managed a hat-trick for Gareth Southgate’s men.
2) Portsmouth 7-4 Reading, 29th of September 2007.
In the highest scoring Premier League match in recent memory, Steve Coppell’s Reading travelled to Fratton Park in desperate need of a win. Within seven minutes, Muntari put Pompey in front. It wasn’t going to be Reading’s day. Joe Jordan’s Portsmouth were to dominate the game for large patches but Reading rallied late in the second half to ensure that every fan got his fill of goals that day.
1) Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal, 28th of August 2011.
A game United fans still remember. The 2011/2012 season was still in its infancy when Arsene Wenger’s understrength Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford. Showing little respect for the visitors, United humiliated Arsenal over ninety minutes. The defeat acted as a wake up call for Arsene Wenger who finally loosened the purse strings and bought in the transfer market, which was at least some consolation for Arsenal fans.
Conor Heffernan, Pundit Arena