Monday, 20 May 2013

Arsenal Goals of the Season 2012/13

10. Walcott vs West Ham (away)

The reason I've chosen this in the top 10 ahead of goals such as Podolski v Norwich, Giroud v West Ham (home) and Podolski at Montpellier is because it was a very well created move and finished of with composure. Cazorla collected the ball in his own half under pressure from a couple of West Ham players. Instead of playing a simple pass sideways or backwards or hoofing it aimlessly away, he turned and passed the ball through the players into the path of Giroud. Giroud then ran with purpose at the West Ham defence and played an inch perfect through ball for Walcott, who made a great in-field run and finished with aplomb to put Arsenal 2-1 up in a crucial game under pressure.

9. Podolski v Southampton

This one is more simple but just as good, if not better. A freekick from 25 yards blasted into the top corner with pace and accuracy.

8. Chamberlain v Coventry

This goal was a very impressive long-range smash into the top corner of the goal. It probably won't get the recognition it deserves from most people because it was only against Coventry in the Capital One Cup in a easy win. Whereas if it was in a big game against Man Utd it would be hailed as a goal of the season candidate. The lack of occasion does however take something away from it as it's easier to try this sort of goal in that type of game, but nevertheless it was a cracking goal.

7. Cazorla v West Ham (home)

My favourite goals are team goals. This was a beautifully carved out team goal. The Arsenal players flicked the ball around West Ham's, who didn't get a touch, and a lovely ball over the top of their defence played Podolski in who unselfishly squared it to Cazorla who scored with the most delightful of flicks into the goal.

6. Walcott v Newcastle

This is very different to the last four goals described. It's an individual goal that saw excellent skill and dribbling in a tight area to get past a group of Newcastle players before having the skill and the composure to finish it off by delicately chipping the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper from a reasonably tight angle.

5. Gibbs v Swansea

Our left back, yes our left back, collected the ball in the air after a nice ball and one-two from Giroud and after the ball dropped over him, perfectly executed a left-footed volley into the roof of the Swansea net to put Arsenal 2-1 up with just a few minutes left.

4. Cazorla v West Ham (away)

How many players can hit a ball so cleanly and expertly with their supposedly weaker foot as well as Santi Cazorla? Hardly any. He showed how good he is in this department when he accurately whacked the ball into the top corner of Wet Ham's goal when Arsenal won 3-1 there in October.

3. Wilshere v Swansea

With a few minutes left on the clock in the FA Cup 3rd round replay, Cazorla and Giroud linked up well to tee up Wilshere on the half volley from 25 yards out and he blasts it low into the net with power and drive to send Arsenal to the sunny shores of Brighton later that month.

2. Podolski v West Ham

1-0 down at home to West Ham, Arsenal passed the ball around for ages, before Cazorla played a nice pass to Wilshere who played a good ball between two West Ham players to Podolski. He takes a touch out of his feet and rasps in a left- footed drive into the bottom right-hand corner to give Jussi Jaaskeleinen no chance of saving it. The shot was struck with such power and excellent technique. Very few players hit the ball as cleanly or with as much pace as Podolski. Superb technique. And the quality of the move helped this goal to second place.

1. Podolski v Montpellier

After fantastic and dynamic forward play from Chamberlain, an excellently executed one-two with Olivier Giroud was topped off by a terrific, powerhouse volley unstoppable for the goalkeeper and taken with such expert technique and power.

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