Olivier Giroud’s Scorpion Kick
So special was Olivier Giroud’s Scorpion Kick for Arsenal against Crystal Palace on Sunday that it forced Arsene Wenger to think about the very best goals scored for the Gunners during his 20-year spell in north London.
Wenger waxed lyrical about the Giroud goal and also named his top five goals during his time at Arsenal.
The Arsenal boss said: “It was an exceptional goal at the end of a fantastic collective moment, which is what our game is about. Olivier had a little reflex, and he transformed that goal into art. Art because of the surprise, because of the beauty of the movement, the efficiency of the move.”
Wenger continued: “The moment the ball went in, that will be remembered as the Giroud goal that nobody will forget. Every striker is remembered for one, two or three special goals, and that will be what he is remembered for. He brings the unexpected, and we all come to football to get the unexpected.”
Arsene Wenger’s top 5 Arsenal goals
The Arsenal manager then answered a question on his top five Arsenal goals, since he has been at the club: “I have been spoiled in my career, with many great players and great strikers here, but that is certainly in the top five goals. With Berkgamp against Leicester or Newcastle, with Henry against Real Madrid or Liverpool, or [Nwankwo] Kanu at Chelsea. It is difficult for me not to forget goals over 20 years, when we score 70 or 80 goals a year that is 1600 goals.”
Dennis Bergkamp against Leicester
The third goal from one of the greatest hat-tricks of all time in the Premier League.
Dennis Bergkamp v Newcastle
A simply unforgettable goal by the Dutchman. Nikos Dabizas is probably still looking for the ball.
Thierry Henry v Real Madrid
Arsenal won in the Bernabeu and Thierry Henry scored a solo goal from the heavens. The Gunners would reach the Champions League final, but lose to Barcelona in Paris.
Thierry Henry v Liverpool
Thierry Henry was simply unstoppable at this time.
Nwankwo Kanu v Chelsea
Kanu single handedly turned the game on his own, and the final goal, the match winner at Stamford Bridge, was glorious.