Mohamed Elneny won this season’s Arsenal goal of the Season with his strike against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. It was a very nice goal, in fairness, but we reckon there were better.
So, here are the top 5 goals of the season, including links to the goals, as chosen by:
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It’s not about Ozil’s scrappy finish – an effort that barely crossed the line thanks to Neuer’s ridiculous agility – it’s all about Hector’s speed. Having been given the run around by Douglas Costa in the first half, the Spanish right-back proved his mettle after the break, capping a fine individual showing with a last-gasp assist. Stealing the ball from the Brazilian just by the centre circle, he powered towards the box, looked up and delivered a pinpoint cross for Ozil, who cushioned his shot goalwards. Did it cross the line? It took a moment for the Emirates to realise, yes! Cue pandemonium.
Another goal chosen for the majesty of the assist. Collecting a long ball from Ozil, Joel Campbell bamboozled his marker with footwork worthy of Zorba the Greek then delivered a laser-guided pass for Giroud to slide home inside the six-yard box. The Frenchman went on to bag a hat-trick as the Gunners nailed the 3-0 scoreline needed to secure safe passage to the knockout round of the Champions League.
When you can excite Martin Tyler to scream, “Flamini…oh, it’s his night!” you know you’ve put in a decent shift. The Frenchman’s volley in the League Cup may not have led to trophy glory, but his two goals and all-round performance on the night certainly won the hearts and minds of Gooners across the world. He fucking loved it as well, as evidenced by his punching of the corner flag in front of the travelling fans.
No nonsense, that’s the beauty of this goal. After opening the scoring with a deft back-heel, Sanchez’s second of the afternoon was all about power. He had a little luck burrowing past Darmian, but as the ball escapes into the box the only thing on the Chilean’s mind is belting the ball into the top corner. A superb finish to make it 3-0 and to cap an amazing opening 20 minutes.
In retrospect, it should have been the goal that set us on the way to the title. That obviously didn’t happen, but for a few brief moments after Welbeck’s late, late, late header against the league leaders, the Emirates jumped as one. No politics, no in-fighting, no anger…just pure joy. And it was all the more special because the man who scored it was making his long-awaited return from injury. You can’t beat a last-gasp winner.
He picked the ball up in midfield, drove forward, played it into Olivier Giroud who dinked a beautiful return pass over the defence. Ozil kept running, took a touch with his belly button, then finished calmly beyond the keeper. Giroud’s flicks don’t always come off, but when they do they’re glorious.
Our reluctance to shoot from outside the box has been explained away by Expected Goals stats (make of them what you will). Sometimes though, it’s good to have a go. This goal pretty much sums up Walcott, a strike of fantastic power and precision, coming from a pass that wasn’t mean for him. When he collected the ball, Ozil gave a little ‘omg get out of the way’ shuffle, but the strike past Joe Hart was brilliant. And then he went 11 games without scoring again.
Early in the season, Ozil’s cross was just behind the Frenchman but he swivelled and fired a shot back across the keeper and in the bottom corner. A cracking strike for his first goal of the season.
We were not playing particularly well on the day, but Welbeck made inroads down the left, the ball came across the box to Hector Bellerin whom might have shot but looked for Ramsey. The pass wasn’t great, but the improvisation to flick the ball behind his leg on the run, bamboozling Lloris was absolutely outstanding. Really don’t understand why people don’t talk about this goal more.
The day that we played our most scintillating football, we scored our best goal. Coquelin won the ball back, we worked it through the United defence to Ozil at the byline, and his cut back was flicked into the bottom corner by Alexis whose movement left their defence absolutely stranded. Devastating, clinical, precision football. Sadly we didn’t see anywhere near enough of it throughout the rest of the campaign.
Obviously favourite goals are subjective, so feel free to list your own top 5 in the comments.
If you need a reminder, you can check out every Arsenal goal 2015-16 right here.