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Goals of the Season

Having undertaken a comprehensive season review and in a vain attempt to alleviate the flow of transfer crap (I`m looking at you Daily Telegraph), it struck me that it might be worth recounting some of our finest goals last season. As ever, the quality of our football was beyond doubt and some of the goals have been pieces of aesthetic beauty. There have been individual moments of genius, as well as fluidly constructed team efforts. In fact, the quality of some of our goals this season has been such that Flamini`s thirty yard exorset against Newcastle United does not appear. Without further ado; this is my personal top five.

5. Francesc Fabregas versus A.C. Milan (a)
With the tie in its death throes and locked at 0-0, despite Arsenal`s dominance, A.C. Milan looked as though they had hung in long enough to force extra time on their own patch. With Fabregas having already given the cross bar a stern warning in the first half, the young Catalonian had decided that he would not settle for being the bridesmaid of an impressive performance. One could visibly sense the sense of responsibility as he took the ball in the centre circle, manoeuvred past Pirlo and Gattuso no less, before arrowing a low shot into the bottom corner, leaving no way back for the defending Champions. In celebration, he sprinted over to the bench to his manager. Not only was it an excellent goal and a very important one, but its symbolic importance is not to be dismissed. Having bossed the game consummately on the biggest stage, Cesc put the seal on a match he had composed. The players he left trailing in his wake was a tangible sign that this prodigal Spanish prince had taken on the mantle of King and ushered in a new era of central midfield genius for his generation. This goal was no foot in the door operation; Cesc was breaking the lock and taking the lot.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor versus Newcastle (a)
A goal that crystallized the stultifying progress of this player. With only three minutes on the clock, Emmanuel Eboue sent over a precise right wing cross with Ade the only player in the area. With the ball travelling at an awkward height and with his back to goal, Manu controlled the ball on his chest before swivelling and smashing a lightning volley over Shay Given`s despairing left hand all in one movement. An improvised effort of breathtaking quality in its idea and execution from a player who had previously been ridiculed for his finishing. It marked his transition into Arsenal`s spearhead. Thirty goals from 104 shots suggests his finishing was consistently accurate throughout the whole season.

3. Eduardo versus Manchester City (a)
This one falls into the twin categories of flowing team move and individual master piece. Diaby brought the ball forward into City`s half, before playing a cute reverse pass to Clichy on the left. The Hurricane demonstrated the marked improvement in his crossing by sending a flighted ball to Adebayor at the back post; Ade had the presence of mind and composure to head down to Eduardo. With his back to goal, the Crozilian elucidated his impressive knack for goal, by chesting the ball down with his back facing the target before hooking a neat volley over his shoulder and past Joe Hart. Not only was the goal symptomatic of Clichy`s improved delivery and Arsenal`s new acumen with crosses into the box, it also signified how Eduardo had begun to seamlessly blend into the framework of Arsenal`s pyrotechnic football. Adebayor and Eduardo had forged a lethal understanding that was the bane of the Premiership`s erstwhile defences. Three weeks alter that partnership was curtailed in tragic circumstances. Things would never be the same again.

2. Francesc Fabregas versus Slavia Praha (h)
The only goal scored at home that makes the top five. Arsenal`s flowing football is often effective, but there it times when it really comes together when it is close to perfection. This goal was one of those magical moments. Fittingly, it could easily have come from the Invincibles` handbook. Slavia won a corner, which was cleared by the head of Gallas. Hleb picked the ball up and sauntered down the left flank, before releasing Adebayor on the edge of the area. He shimmied past his man before delivering a short pass to Walcott on the eighteen yard line; Theo added a deft one touch pass that split Praha`s defence in two and found the onrushing Fabregas to slide the ball past a bewildered keeper. A perfect goal that capped a perfect night.

1. Emmanuel Adebayor versus Tottenham Hotspur (a) PL
The perfect goal at the perfect time against the perfect opponents. With Tottenham having taken their mandatory one goal lead at the Lane, Ade and a cracker from Cesc had given Arsenal the lead. Tottenham, full of pre season promises to steal our mantle as North London`s top dogs, had started terribly and were marooned in the relegation zone. Arsenal had started their campaign in a much more comprehensive fashion. With Arsenal in front with five minutes remaining, the man assigned the responsibility of propelling the Spuds to glory, Darren "I can`t believe it`s not Thierry" Bent, went through on goal to level the scores. He demonstrated the modesty of his 16m transfer fee by stumbling and spooning the ball wide in comic fashion. (All it needed was a comedy sound effect). Tottenham poured forward for an equaliser and Arsenal broke; Fabregas putting Denilson through on goal, but the portly frame of Robinson blocked his effort. The ball spun back to Fabregas, who delivered a precise ball to the feet of Adebayor with his back to goal. Those of you that wasted your youth on the infamous Mortal Kombat computer game will remember the "Finish him" instruction at the end of a bout. Well Adebayor finished Spurs by administering a savage blow. He tossed the ball up on the edge of his boot, before spinning and smashing an unstoppable volley into the top corner to seal Arsenal`s rightful place at the head of the Premiership table. Spurs fans walked out en masse as Adebayor surveyed the scene. Tottenham`s challenge for the Top Four was over. It was September.

Well those are my choices; I`m sure some will beg to differ. Perhaps you feel van Persie`s venomous free kick against Sunderland deserves a mention, Fabregas` deft curler against Prague or his stunning effort at White Hart Lane? Do you feel Walcott`s eighty yard run at Anfield deserves pride of place? Your comments, as ever, are appreciated.LD.





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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 12 2008

Time: 3:37PM

Your Comments

There were so many awesome goals this season. Apart from those already mentioned, Eddie's thunderbolt against Sheff Utd, Cesc's effort against Spurs, Bendtner's header against Spurs was one of the most awesome leaps I've ever seen, the dude's knees were as high as the crossbar!!!
Rocky7
There were so many awesome goals this season. Apart from those already mentioned, Eddie's thunderbolt against Sheff Utd, Cesc's effort against Spurs, Bendtner's header against Spurs was one of the most awesome leaps I've ever seen, the dude's knees were as high as the crossbar!!!
Rocky7
There was a period where every week we seemed to get some stunning goal. Diabys 25 yard strike Vs derby, Fabregas 25 yard shot vs Spurs, Adebayors volley vs spurs, Denilsons 20 yard shot vs newcastle, Toures lay up freekick from 25 yards and so on.
paul_ownz
There was a period where every week we seemed to get some stunning goal. Diabys 25 yard strike Vs derby, Fabregas 25 yard shot vs Spurs, Adebayors volley vs spurs, Denilsons 20 yard shot vs newcastle, Toures lay up freekick from 25 yards and so on.
paul_ownz
Adebayors goal was my goal of the season, would definetly have RVP's free kick against Sunderland in the top 5 though, I know it was quick LD but not quick enough to miss! ;-)
iceman10
Adebayors goal was my goal of the season, would definetly have RVP's free kick against Sunderland in the top 5 though, I know it was quick LD but not quick enough to miss! ;-)
iceman10
DEFINITELY would have RvP's freekick vs sunderland there also. Cesc vs Spuds. Flamoney's against newcastle too. Even tho it ended up a tap in, I'd say Ade's against Lpool in the CL 2nd leg purely for Theo's amazing run!!!
Other than all those, yeah I agree with that list of Mr Stillman. Too many good goals this season
ian7
DEFINITELY would have RvP's freekick vs sunderland there also. Cesc vs Spuds. Flamoney's against newcastle too. Even tho it ended up a tap in, I'd say Ade's against Lpool in the CL 2nd leg purely for Theo's amazing run!!!
Other than all those, yeah I agree with that list of Mr Stillman. Too many good goals this season
ian7
The Cesc vs Slavia goal should not be on the list.Theo Walcotts goal was far superior to that. Ade number one!
Goofle
The Cesc vs Slavia goal should not be on the list.Theo Walcotts goal was far superior to that. Ade number one!
Goofle
Ade's volley against that lot!!!! Won BBC goal of the season and it defo my choice!
I_HATE_SPURS
Ade's volley against that lot!!!! Won BBC goal of the season and it defo my choice!
I_HATE_SPURS
Great choices. Ade's volley against Spurs easily the best choice. Gotta put in a word for Bendtner's terrific header in January (or was it December?). For me, that was one of the more memorable moments of our season, as it saved the game for us.
jaelle
Great choices. Ade's volley against Spurs easily the best choice. Gotta put in a word for Bendtner's terrific header in January (or was it December?). For me, that was one of the more memorable moments of our season, as it saved the game for us.
jaelle
Ah, don't you miss the football season and following Arsenal week to week already!
Gooner_Vin
Ah, don't you miss the football season and following Arsenal week to week already!
Gooner_Vin
What about Eduardos goal at Man City, the chest and overhead kick?? Awesome.
I_HATE_SPURS
What about Eduardos goal at Man City, the chest and overhead kick?? Awesome.
I_HATE_SPURS
Ade's towering header against fulham...his kanu-esque curler against west ham...I CAN'T CHOOSE! :(
Touredinho
Ade's towering header against fulham...his kanu-esque curler against west ham...I CAN'T CHOOSE! :(
Touredinho
I_HATE_SPURS, Eduardo's beautiful bicycle kick at Man City is one of the goals chosen in the article.
jaelle
I_HATE_SPURS, Eduardo's beautiful bicycle kick at Man City is one of the goals chosen in the article.
jaelle
All those goals you guys mentioned above are very good shouts. I think LD's top choice of Ade's goal at WHL should indeed be the goal of the season. Speaking of Cesc's long range effort against Spurs, that was also the commentary bit of the season for me cos I remember it very very well: "Fabregas joins in, worth a shot surely. (He shoots already) Ooooh, dynamite! Ab-so-lute dynamite!" :)
Lou the Gunneress
All those goals you guys mentioned above are very good shouts. I think LD's top choice of Ade's goal at WHL should indeed be the goal of the season. Speaking of Cesc's long range effort against Spurs, that was also the commentary bit of the season for me cos I remember it very very well: "Fabregas joins in, worth a shot surely. (He shoots already) Ooooh, dynamite! Ab-so-lute dynamite!" :)
Lou the Gunneress
I remember that comment very well, Lou! They repeat it all the time on Setanta Sports in ads for the PL. I also love the commentator who shouted "AdebayORRR!!" in such hi-speed fashion for his brilliant volley against Spurs.
jaelle
I remember that comment very well, Lou! They repeat it all the time on Setanta Sports in ads for the PL. I also love the commentator who shouted "AdebayORRR!!" in such hi-speed fashion for his brilliant volley against Spurs.
jaelle
Flamini against Newcastle!!..
ajwb
Flamini against Newcastle!!..
ajwb
I forgot about both the goals in the West Ham game, Eduardo's volley and Ade's effort froman impossible angle.
Little Dutch
I forgot about both the goals in the West Ham game, Eduardo's volley and Ade's effort froman impossible angle.
Little Dutch
My favorite goal of the season personally, probably mostly for sentimental reasons, was Eduardo's goal against City. It showed just what a brilliant striker he really was, getting his positioning right and turning mid bicycle kick to turn the keeper the wrong way. It was that brilliant instinct in the box that we sorely missed in the season run in and probably cost us the title.
Ozi Gooner
My favorite goal of the season personally, probably mostly for sentimental reasons, was Eduardo's goal against City. It showed just what a brilliant striker he really was, getting his positioning right and turning mid bicycle kick to turn the keeper the wrong way. It was that brilliant instinct in the box that we sorely missed in the season run in and probably cost us the title.
Ozi Gooner
By the way, regardless of how good a goal it was, does anybody else think that Adebayors first touch for that absolute belter against Spurs was accidental?
Ozi Gooner
By the way, regardless of how good a goal it was, does anybody else think that Adebayors first touch for that absolute belter against Spurs was accidental?
Ozi Gooner
Yeah Lou, both bits of commentary from that game were gold. When Cesc scored that second goal it was just a noise that came out, something like 'FWAAAOOOOOAH!-Dynamite!'. And for the Adebayor volley he dragged his name on for a bout as long as it gets dragged out in the song, 'ADEEEEBAAAAYOOOOOOR!'.
Ozi Gooner
Yeah Lou, both bits of commentary from that game were gold. When Cesc scored that second goal it was just a noise that came out, something like 'FWAAAOOOOOAH!-Dynamite!'. And for the Adebayor volley he dragged his name on for a bout as long as it gets dragged out in the song, 'ADEEEEBAAAAYOOOOOOR!'.
Ozi Gooner
No way ozi gooner that was meant, the flick up then the thumping volley, awesome goal!!!!
I_HATE_SPURS
No way ozi gooner that was meant, the flick up then the thumping volley, awesome goal!!!!
I_HATE_SPURS
I cant believe that I_HATE_SPURS mate, I've watched it so many times and just knowing Ade's first touch everytime I see it it makes me think even more it was accidental. It seriously looks to me as if hes meant to give it a bit of a flick up and try a goal like Henry's at United a few years back, but instead he knocks it so far sideways all he can do is swing a leg at it and he just luckily happens to hit it in the absolute perfect position on the ball.
Ozi Gooner
I cant believe that I_HATE_SPURS mate, I've watched it so many times and just knowing Ade's first touch everytime I see it it makes me think even more it was accidental. It seriously looks to me as if hes meant to give it a bit of a flick up and try a goal like Henry's at United a few years back, but instead he knocks it so far sideways all he can do is swing a leg at it and he just luckily happens to hit it in the absolute perfect position on the ball.
Ozi Gooner
how about 5 against ar5ena1 in CC..............only jokin..adey against us twice well taken.....ye have to keep him.
123spurs
how about 5 against ar5ena1 in CC..............only jokin..adey against us twice well taken.....ye have to keep him.
123spurs
I_HATE_SPURS .i no u from somewhere..............have u been on any spurs sites lately....lol
123spurs
I_HATE_SPURS .i no u from somewhere..............have u been on any spurs sites lately....lol
123spurs
bendtner header aqgainst spuds, theos run, eduardos thunderbolt, rvp freekick vs sunderland, and fabregas goal vs milan are my top five
supersof
bendtner header aqgainst spuds, theos run, eduardos thunderbolt, rvp freekick vs sunderland, and fabregas goal vs milan are my top five
supersof
ok i have reviewed the video of adebayors goal several times and it is as deliberate as they get his foot work and body positions indicate he kne exactly what he was doing...PERIOD
anonymous
ok i have reviewed the video of adebayors goal several times and it is as deliberate as they get his foot work and body positions indicate he kne exactly what he was doing...PERIOD
anonymous
Ade did the right thing with that goal, because it was the last minute and we were a goal up, he knew when he went to hit it it would either fly in or fly a mile over the bar and eat up precious seconds. But I do think it was deliberate.
Little Dutch
Ade did the right thing with that goal, because it was the last minute and we were a goal up, he knew when he went to hit it it would either fly in or fly a mile over the bar and eat up precious seconds. But I do think it was deliberate.
Little Dutch
The goal itself wasn't really spectacular, but Gallas' equaliser at home against ManU I still remember very very clearly. With enormous pride, the unbeaten record at the start of the season and his captaincy credentials at stake, Gallas really showed what he's made of. And the way he ran to the boss on the sidelines, in those circumstances, made it feel like a win to us. What a finish too. That goal wouldn't go into the top 5 but is still very memorable.
Lou the Gunneress
The goal itself wasn't really spectacular, but Gallas' equaliser at home against ManU I still remember very very clearly. With enormous pride, the unbeaten record at the start of the season and his captaincy credentials at stake, Gallas really showed what he's made of. And the way he ran to the boss on the sidelines, in those circumstances, made it feel like a win to us. What a finish too. That goal wouldn't go into the top 5 but is still very memorable.
Lou the Gunneress
That Gallas goal would be celebration #3 for me. #2 is when Almunia saves Kean's PK at home. Hehehee I still love how the everyone ran to the big hero and the entire stadium exploded with joy. The camera didn't forget to pan to Jens whose face looked like even he appreciated the great effort. Celebration of the season #1 is Cesc's goal at Milan. We played so so well and couldn't break the deadlock and Cesc took matters into his own hands by finding that little space in the midst of a few players between him and the goal. When that kind of a rocket went in, I felt like the entire team and all of us fans would burst into tears. The way Cesc first ran to the boss and then the whole team embraced the great man says it all.
Lou the Gunneress
That Gallas goal would be celebration #3 for me. #2 is when Almunia saves Kean's PK at home. Hehehee I still love how the everyone ran to the big hero and the entire stadium exploded with joy. The camera didn't forget to pan to Jens whose face looked like even he appreciated the great effort. Celebration of the season #1 is Cesc's goal at Milan. We played so so well and couldn't break the deadlock and Cesc took matters into his own hands by finding that little space in the midst of a few players between him and the goal. When that kind of a rocket went in, I felt like the entire team and all of us fans would burst into tears. The way Cesc first ran to the boss and then the whole team embraced the great man says it all.
Lou the Gunneress
Funniest goal celebration of the season has to be Ade and Eboue's dance at Derby...
Lou the Gunneress
Funniest goal celebration of the season has to be Ade and Eboue's dance at Derby...
Lou the Gunneress
spot on lou the gunneress we should have a poll for most emotional/meaningful goal #3 adebayors goal after walcotts run(even though it was brief) #2 gallas equalising against manu #1 cesc versus ac milan
anonymous
spot on lou the gunneress we should have a poll for most emotional/meaningful goal #3 adebayors goal after walcotts run(even though it was brief) #2 gallas equalising against manu #1 cesc versus ac milan
anonymous
I personally liked Sagna's celebration against Chelsea because it was about a month after his brother died and he pointed to the sky. Was heartfelt by myself.
paul_ownz
I personally liked Sagna's celebration against Chelsea because it was about a month after his brother died and he pointed to the sky. Was heartfelt by myself.
paul_ownz
Oh yeah Paul that one's very moving too. Which also reminds me of how Lampard dedicated his CL goal vs Liverpool to his mom and how Cesc, wearing a black armband, did the same to his friend Puerta at the start of the season.
Lou the Gunneress
Oh yeah Paul that one's very moving too. Which also reminds me of how Lampard dedicated his CL goal vs Liverpool to his mom and how Cesc, wearing a black armband, did the same to his friend Puerta at the start of the season.
Lou the Gunneress
i thought gallas cryin was hilaaaaarious..........alos two players fightening in a so called mickey mouse cup...........an also fans leaving after 60min must be a record..........
123spurs
i thought gallas cryin was hilaaaaarious..........alos two players fightening in a so called mickey mouse cup...........an also fans leaving after 60min must be a record..........
123spurs
a different day, same old cra-p
paul_ownz
a different day, same old cra-p
paul_ownz
Alos??? Fightening??? Speak English please.
MrArsenal
Alos??? Fightening??? Speak English please.
MrArsenal
 

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