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Vital Arsenal Goal of the Season

There are many things that factor in what makes a great goal. Sometimes moments of offbeat individual inspiration, such as Bergkamp v Newcastle and Leicester, ignite the imagination. At other times, an excellent team goal, like Vieira's at White Hart Lane in 2004 or Henry against Bayer Leverkusen and Charlton in the Gunners' counter attacking prime.

Maybe a delicate chip, a la Bergkamp v Leverkusen. At other times, a good old hearty thriker with the laces can get the adrenaline pumping, such as van Persie's karate kick volley against Charlton. Context matters too. For instance, in this year's voting, I'm sure Benayoun's stunning volley in Athens would have drawn more than 1% of the vote had it been say. the winner at Old Trafford. Producing inspiration under pressure gives a great strike even more gravitas.

Those things considered, I think our top 3 goals of the season, as voted for by you, the reader, makes perfect sense.

In 3rd place, with 12% of the vote, was Robin van Persie's equaliser against Tottenham at Ashburton Grove. Arsenal had been trailing 2-0 until a very 'f**k this!' sort of header from Bacary Sagna halved the deficit. Just two minutes later, having already struck the woodwork twice, van Persie gripped the vine of inspiration.

Assou Ekotto wildly hacked a clearance up into the air and to the edge of the Spurs box. van Persie took it down, brilliantly spun away from Kranjcar, shielded the ball away from Scott Parker before bending an unstoppable shot inside Brad Friedel's post.

In second place, came Mikel Arteta's late winner against Manchester City which, at the time, appeared to have gifted the title to United. Mancini went for a cautious approach that led to Arsenal dominating the game. But a mixture of poor fortune (Vermaelen blocking van Persie's header on the line) and the woodwork had kept City level.

But on 87 minutes, Pizarro received a pass from Gareth Barry in his own half, the pass was a touch long and Arteta, as he has done all season, was quick to press and hound Pizarro into ceding the ball. The Spaniard took a few steps forward before striking through the ball from twenty five yards, causing it to arrow into Joe Hart's bottom corner. It spurned a one off poznan from the home support and proved to be the goal that defeated the eventual champions.

In first place, well, I wrote about the ins and outs of this strike in the Player of the Season piece. Here, just relive Robin van Persie's smashing volley against Everton. Vital Arsenal's Goal of 2011-12 as voted for by you.

At the bottom right of the page, you can now vote for your moment of the season. LD.

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 26 2012

Time: 2:24PM

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Agreed. That strike v Everton was just out of this world. Song's lofted pass was amazing too and it just fell brilliantly for RVP to smash home. The understanding between Song and RVP on that goal was almost telepathic. Unbelievable.
Ned Stark
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26/05/2012 20:39:00

The goal v Everton was a great goal for context, build up to the goal and in its execution. Everton had made this a very tight game with Robin hardly getting a sniff of goal while creativity was stifled by the doggedness of Everton's play in closing down our midfielders. The game had Draw written all over it then, up stepped Song with his trademark ball over the top which had to be inch perfect as Robin peeled away from his marker, timing it perfectly with Song's chipped pas; then the finish. Sheer perfection in the technique. 5 out of 10 times, he could direct that the wrong way, but the gods must have known Arsenal needed that goal and posterity needed to see the beauty of that feet of the ground execution.
Naijagunner
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26/05/2012 22:27:00

OT: My thoughts go out to Fabianski. Poor lad is likely out of the Euros with a shoulder injury that may require surgery. He just doesn't get the breaks, Lukasz.
Naijagunner
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26/05/2012 23:06:00

Dunno why Everton goal is no1 if Liverpool away goal is not even in top 3. Equally tough imho. But for me the goal of the season was the one against Sp*rs.. What a strike.. And he had a challenge coming in from Scott Parker. Brilliant close control. Deadly finish. RvP at his best.
Sajit
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26/05/2012 23:50:00

exactly sajit. personally i voted for the goal against liv. it was very similar to the everton goal but the angle is much more acute
Joe_@**
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27/05/2012 03:29:00

Off your topic, but here's something I've found that I think you'll enjoy:

http://www.dearmrlevy.com/dml/2012/5/23/how-to-destroy-tottenham-hotspur.html

Hope it brings a little extra sunshineto your day & that you like it.

Spuds-U-Like
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27/05/2012 09:41:00

Both goals (vs Spurs and vs liverpool have both been considered, being very good finishes, in their own rights. I feel the beauty of the goal and the context played a great part in the choice. The game against Liverpool was always going to be a hard one and at the time, I am not sure if there was much at stake other than the run we were on. We did get a fair few opportunities to score goals while we would have been none too sad had the game ended a draw. In execution, it can be said that Robin had the keeper to thank for the goal as had Reina had his angles right, he may well have saved the shot.The Everton game was something else. We just needed the win and then Robin comes up with an unstoppable winner.
Naijagunner
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27/05/2012 13:55:00

* had Reina got his angles..*
Naijagunner
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27/05/2012 13:58:00

The curler vs Spurs was a good one too and I agree it should be up there and so it is, at No. 3. Scoring a long range shot against the eventual champions in a high stakes game probably meant more to fans than that beauty against Spurs, in an open game. These things get subjective at times depending on the timing of the Poll. It is easy to look back at the end of the season and be influenced by the occasion behind each goal. I would say the NLD was some occasion and such a goal should be getting more votes than it did.
Naijagunner
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27/05/2012 14:09:00

Love that banner photo above picturing Man Citys finest- Nasri and RVP. Enjoy the Podolski & Gervinho show next season...
van der haart lane
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27/05/2012 23:53:00

Enjoy Thursday nights on channel 5.
Little Dutch
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28/05/2012 08:04:00

van der haart lane - Really? A spuddy coming onto this board and giving it large after your end to the season? ***CL you're havin' a laugh, CL you're havin' a laugh***
Scotch Eggs Rule
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28/05/2012 09:43:00

Spuds - Read that link of yours this morning mate, very funny! I get the feeling he's slightly miffed at the end of season nightmare you guys had...
Scotch Eggs Rule
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28/05/2012 10:17:00

Don't think Channel 5 has even got the Europa next year
shewore
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28/05/2012 11:18:00

They didn't want it? *chortle*
Scotch Eggs Rule
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28/05/2012 12:29:00

Glad you liked it Scotch me 'ol mucker. Try this one from the same stable, its quite a bit funnier & could have a large element of truth about it:

http://www.dearmrlevy.com/dml/2012/5/27/understanding-the-jan-vertonghen-transfer-saga.html

Spuds-U-Like
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28/05/2012 15:33:00

LOL @ Noel Edmonds!! I kind of get the feeling that negotiations between Arsenal and other clubs are very much like that also.
Scotch Eggs Rule
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28/05/2012 16:08:00

VDV lane, enjoy the spuddie show next season minus Bale and Modric. Twit.
Ned Stark
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28/05/2012 18:39:00

...Adebayor should be on his bike as well, this summer. Desperate times ahead for the spuddies.
Naijagunner
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28/05/2012 21:16:00

Also be careful what you wish for, the Gervhino and Podolski show sounds like something I just might want to watch next season...
BergGunner
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29/05/2012 07:38:00

GERVINHO???!
shewore
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29/05/2012 09:55:00

I fancy him to have a far better second season shewore. he started off quite well then as the season went on, he looked more and more jaded. Hopefully a rest this summer and we'll see what he's capable of.
Scotch Eggs Rule
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31/05/2012 09:36:00

---It spurned a one off poznan from the home support and proved to be the goal that defeated the eventual champions--- I didn't join in the poznan, I haven't got any rhythm! lol
Scotch Eggs Rule
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31/05/2012 09:40:00

 

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