“I feel Robin has scored an exceptional goal, he said himself he was not in his best of days, but what is important is that you are efficent. that is what it is to be professional, when you do not feel the greatest. I must give credit to Song as well, who gave a fantastic ball.” – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Start preparing the statue… Robin van Persie continues to rip up the record books as his stunning volleyed goal secured another three points for Arsenal at home to Everton on Saturday.
The winner against the Toffees was RVP’s 33rd goal in 2011 in 32 Premier League matches. For comparison in Premier League history, only Alan Shearer (36 in 1995) & Thierry Henry (34 in 2004) have scored more in a calendar year.Â Whilst Lionel Messi has notched 31 goals in 35 La Liga matches in 2011.
Leaving aside what a good year Robin van Persie has had, there were a ton of pundits hailing van Persie’s strike on Saturday as a goal of the season contender.
So, where does RVP’s volley v Everton stand out of all his goals for Arsenal? Here are what we believe to be his ten previous best strikes for the Gunners. Vote in our poll below.
Robin van Persie v Southampton, October 30, 2004. A late leveller to secure a 2-2 draw and also Robin van Persie’s first Premier League goal for Arsenal.
Robin van Persie v Blackburn, November 26, 2005. At Highbury, van Persie skins Michael Gray and Robbie Savage, before sending a glorious curler past Brad Friedel.
Robin van Persie v Wigan, January 24, 2006. One of many glorious left-footed free-kicks which arrowed into the top corner, in a surprise Carling Cup semi-final defeat to the Latics.
Robin van Persie v Aston Villa, April 1, 2006. Twinkle toes on the touchline followed by a cracking finish from an almost impossible angle.
Robin van Persie v Charlton, September 30, 2006. Compared (by the Arsenal website) to Marco van Basten’s famous volley in the 1988 European Championship final, one of the best ever Premier League goals.
Robin van Persie v Fulham, November 29, 2006. A terrific free-kick at Craven Cottage that wooshed into the net at tremendous speed.
Robin van Persie v Inter Milan, July 29, 2007. Often forgotten as it came in an Emirates Cup match but RVP displayed sublime skill to make space in a crowded penalty area.
Robin van Persie v Liverpool, December 21, 2008. The skill to take the ball past Jamie Carragher was good but it was the “chocolate leg” finish (van Persie’s term) that was arguably more impressive.
Robin van Persie v Everton, January 28, 2009. A game changing goal against Everton. Past Tim Howard. Not December 2011 but January 2009 at Goodison Park.
Robin van Persie v Barcelona, February 16, 2011. The tie would end badly for the Dutch forward who was sent off in the Nou Camp, but the turnaround at the Emirates came about due to this cheeky near post finish past Valdes.