Arsenal: Top 5 Goals of the 2011-12 English Premier League Season

Seth Victor@sh_vicContributor IIIApril 24, 2012

Arsenal: Top 5 Goals of the 2011-12 English Premier League Season

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    With the 2011-12 English Premier League season winding down and Arsenal looking primed for a third-place finish, it seems like as good a time as any to look back on the great goals of the Gunners’ season. 

    Striker Robin van Persie won the PFA Player of the Year Award and is leading the EPL in goals, so he will of course figure prominently. 

    That being said, without contributions from other outfield players, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny would not have been able to keep the team in contention for the prestigious Champions League regardless of how well Van Persie played.

Honorable Mentions

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    Obviously, any number of Robin van Persie wonder goals could have made this list, especially the equalizer against Spurs during Arsenal's 5-2 victory, or the winner against Chelsea

    I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Thierry Henry’s stoppage-time winner against Sunderland, which surely sent chills down the spine of every Gooner old enough to remember the Invincibles.

5. Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal 3-2 Tottenham

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    Midfielder Tomas Rosicky provided the go-ahead goal with a superb flick past Spurs keeper Brad Friedel in a comeback that not only gave Arsenal bragging rights over hated cross-London rival Tottenham Hotspur, but also turned their season around.

4. Theo Walcott, Arsenal 3-2 Chelsea

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    Arsenal defeated Chelsea 5-3 on October 29, 2011 in what was without a doubt one of the games of the season. 

    Theo Walcott provided the third goal with a supreme individual effort and demonstrated just what he is capable of—and what Arsene Wenger keeps hoping he will be able to produce on a consistent basis.  

    His pace, strength and finishing ability are all evidenced here.

3. Robin Van Persie, Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool

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    Robin van Persie provided a magnificent volley at the death to give Arsenal a wholly undeserved victory at Anfield. 

    Liverpool dominated the game, but Van Persie was at the height of his “he scores when he wants” phase, and two goals—including this sublime winner—gave the Gunners three points.

2. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City

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    With just a few weeks left in the season, Arsenal defeated Manchester City on the strength of this superb strike from Mikel Arteta. 

    Arsenal dominated the game but struggled to find the proper final ball, so Arteta took it upon himself to provide the winner from 25 yards out.

1. Robin Van Persie, Arsenal 1-0 Everton

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    Considered the goal of the season at the time, Robin van Persie’s volley against Everton certainly holds up through the rest of the season. 

    While not as significant as either his winner at Liverpool or Mikel Arteta’s winner against City, this volley was the greatest goal produced by Arsenal in the 2011-12 season. 

    It demonstrates the precision and class Van Persie provided throughout the year, as he met Alex Song’s perfectly weighted pass and placed it flawlessly at the far post.