This rounded off a highly successful season for Basel as they conquered on the domestic front, winning both the Swiss Super League and Swiss Cup, and reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup.
The opener came in the 7th minute when Alexis Sanchez made a clever run off the shoulder of the defender to race onto a ball from Santi Cazorla before chipping a lovely left-footer onto the head of Walcott who put it away for just his second headed goal for Arsenal.
As explained above, Basel won their first trophy of the new decade in 1963, but, FCB (which is pronounced "Eff Cee Bee" in Swiss German) didn't come to prominence until the late 1960s under the management of Helmut Benthaus and with quality players such as René Hasler, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Karl Odermatt.
During the winter break, Basel announced that they had signed Serey Die from FC Sion on a three-and-a-half-year contract, Endoğan Adili from Grasshopperss also on a three-and-a-half-year contract and Raúl Bobadilla on a contract until 2017. It was also announced that they had signed Mohamed Elneny on a loan deal lasting up until the end of June 2013.
In the domestic league, the season started difficultly; of the first four home matches, only two were won. Nevertheless, Basel moved to the top of the league table, and one of the season's highlights was the 8–1 home win against Grasshoppers, in which Christian Giménez scored four goals. Basel completed their 17 home league games undefeated, winning 13 and drawing four. They won the league title ten points ahead of their nearest rivals.
• Heaviest away defeat7-0: FC Bayern München v Basel13/03/12, UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
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FCB finished in second place in the Swiss Super League, just one point behind winners Zürich. This was despite the club defeating Zürich in all three of their meetings in that league campaign.
Theo Walcott scored a first-half brace as Arsene Wenger's Gunners backed up their 1-1 draw at PSG in the opening game with another performance of decent substance.
Basel entered the UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round. They qualified for the group stage and were drawn into Group E alongside Roma, Fulham and CSKA Sofia. Basel finished in third place.
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The club also have 12 further youth teams: Under-18, Under-17 (Team Basel/Jura), Under-16, Under-15, Under-14, Under-13 (Footeco), Under-12 (Junioren D9 Promotion), Under-11 (Junioren Ea), Under-10 (Junioren Eb), Under-9 (Junioren F), Under-8 (Junioren F) and Bebbi (Under-7).
Basel had won the double for the first time in the club's history.
But in the 1973–74 season, they excelled with the Peruvian legend Teófilo Cubillas in their ranks, eliminating Icelanders Fram Reykjavík and Club Brugge of Belgium, before narrowly exiting in the quarter-finals to Celtic 5–6 on aggregate. Despite Basel's improvement on the European stage, they did not retain the league for another four years, but they did manage to lift the Swiss Cup in 1975, beating Winterthur 2–1 after extra time.
The famous "Blaugrana" colours of Barcelona are said to have originated from the Rotblau colours of FC Basel. FC Barcelona was founded by former FC Basel captain Joan Gamper. For the 2008–09 season, Basel changed their shirt to resemble the traditional Barcelona shirt (red and blue vertical stripes). Barcelona changed theirs to one half of the shirt red, the other blue, which happens to resemble the traditional FC Basel shirt.
Various signings involving FCB took place during the 2006–07 Swiss Super League season. The most notable of these were the replacement of local hero Pascal Zuberbühler, who departed for West Bromwich Albion, with Argentina international Franco Costanzo and the signing of Delron Buckley on loan from Borussia Dortmund. Zdravko Kuzmanović left the club during the winter break for Fiorentina.
Basel won the Swiss Cup after beating FC Luzern 1–0. The winning goal came from the penalty spot through Daniel Majstorović in the 93rd minute.
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League• Biggest home win7-0: Basel v SS Folgore (see above)
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• Heaviest home defeat0-3: Basel v Sporting Clube de Portugal21/02/08, round of 32 second leg
A few former players and former coaches are considered by the fans to be memorable. This because of their long and outstanding contributions towards the club, to some degree even decades after the end of their careers. Therefore, have a very special status with the fans. The following are a few examples:
Before the St. Jakob-Park stadium was buil,t FC Basel played home games in the Landhof (in the Quarter Kleinbasel) and, following the 1954 FIFA World Cup, in the newly built St. Jakob Stadium which was on the same site as the current stadium. During the construction period of St. Jakob-Park, Basel's home matches were played at the Stadion Schützenmatte.
In the third round of the Swiss Cup, Basel were drawn away against FC Thun, but lost 5–4 after penalties.
During the following five seasons, Basel played in the midfield of the Nationliga, not having much to do with the championship not having to worry about relegation. But the 1938–39 Nationalliga did not mean well with them. With just five wins and with twelve defeats, they finished in the last position in the league table and were relegated.
• Biggest away win1-5: SS Folgore v Basel10/08/00, qualifying round first leg0-4: SV Mattersburg v Basel30/08/07, second qualifying round second leg
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Arsenal's brilliant one-touch passing continued in the second half and despite David Ospina having to tip Birkir Bjarnason's curling effort over the bar just after the hour-mark, they had little to worry about as Basel attempted to stem the bleeding.
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RecordsUEFA club competition• Biggest home win7-0: Basel v SS Folgore24/08/00, UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg
The Basel keeper had a busy first 45 minutes to continually deny the Arsenal attack, keeping out clear chances from Sanchez and Hector Bellerin, while strongly defending a number of half opportunities.
On 16 April 2009, FCB were eliminated from the Swiss Cup in the semi-final after losing 3–2 on penalties to Young Boys. The score was 0–0 after 90 minutes and extra time.
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Because Basel qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League the Under-19 team was again called to life and played in the 2013–14 UEFA Youth League. This time the members of this squad were solely members from the U-21 and U-18 teams, but the team only trained together once a week. Note: Results and dates can be found here 2013–14 UEFA Youth League.
In November 2010 their supporters caused the game against FC Luzern to be stopped after they threw hundreds of tennis balls onto the pitch. This was in protest at the kick off times being moved to accommodate a tennis tournament on the TV schedule.
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As the St. Jakob-Park was opened on 15 March 2001, success returned. Basel finished the 2000–01 season in fourth position in the league.
After just three seasons in the top flight of Swiss football, Basel suffered relegation again, but achieved immediate re-promotion in the 1944–45 season.
Vaclik again came up with a top quality save to deny Sanchez at the back post in the final minute of regular time but the damage had already been done as the Gunners set themselves up for another Round of 16 berth.