Premier League Power Rankings: 5 Best Goals of the Season so Far
We are halfway through the Premier League season, with each team having played 19 games of the 38. It has been an interesting season so far as the title race looks like it will be the closest yet.
There have been plenty of goals scored this season, also, as defending has seemingly taken a back seat in Premier League matches. Five hundred and nine goals have been scored and of those, the quality has ranged from the scrappy to the downright ridiculous.
One goal in particular can go down as one of the best goals ever scored.
Pablo Osvaldo vs. Manchester City
Pablo Osvaldo has only scored three goals in 13 Premier League appearances, but the £15 million Jack Sparrow look-alike showed what he is capable of with this beauty against Manchester City.
Down 1-0 after just 10 minutes thanks to Sergio Aguero, Southampton never let that get to them as they competed with the former Premier League champions throughout the game.
Their performance was rewarded just before half-time when Italy international Osvaldo received the ball on the left-hand side and continued toward goal, turning Man City captain Vincent Kompany inside out. That was the easy part.
Despite this, the former Roma player still had to somehow beat the two defenders putting him under pressure and the goalkeeper. What better way than to curl the ball into the top corner?
It is the highlight of an otherwise unproductive season and is one of the highlights of the 2013/2014 so far.
Man City and Kompany will always remember it as the day they almost stopped Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
Luis Suarez vs. Norwich, Part 1
Luis Suarez likes scoring against Norwich. This season's game at Anfield was no different, and Suarez put on a one-man attacking masterclass, scoring four goals and assisting one to practically single-handedly destroy the hopes and dreams of Norwich.
He opened the scoring with what was a tribute to West Ham United's Matthew Taylor, scoring a 40-yard half volley after just 15 minutes.
As the ball looped over the head of John Ruddy, Norwich fans and players would be hit with a feeling of "Oh, not this again." Unfortunately for the Canaries, it was only the beginning.
Luis Suarez vs. Norwich, Part 2
Suarez completed a first-half hat-trick in style with another tribute, this time to retired genius Matt Le Tissier.
Although the Liverpool man's effort was not as good (he only knocked the ball over one player's head) the finish was deadly.
This season's Premier League top goalscorer decided knocking the ball over one head was enough, and instead of making a fool of the other defenders, he simply blasted it into the far corner.
Norwich probably thought it could not get any worse, but it did.
Jack Wilshere vs. Norwich
Poor Norwich. Before the 5-1 demolition at the hand of Suarez and Liverpool, this 4-1 defeat happened at the Emirates. The Canaries would have been encouraged at the start of the game as Arsenal did not look their best during the opening 17 minutes, with this being the first game back from an international break.
So no one would have expected the opener to be a goal of such beauty. The Gunners have received criticism in the past for trying too hard for the "perfect goal," but when you get something close to it, it is stunning.
Jack Wilshere receives the ball from Santi Cazorla before returning to sender and making his run towards the goal. The Spanish midfielder fed Olivier Giroud, who started a delightful three-flick move resulting in Wilshere through on goal as he slotted the ball past Ruddy.
It was a goal "The Invincibles" would have been proud of. Manager Arsene Wenger was probably beside himself and maybe even watches it every morning before breakfast. Who would blame him?
Pajtim Kasami vs. Crystal Palace
When Fulham faced Crystal Palace, who would have thought we would see such a goal? Most likely the goal of the season, most probably the greatest goal scored in Premier League history. Sorry, Paolo Di Canio.
Sascha Riether floated a long pass from his own half down the right-hand side, which Kasami took on his chest before unleashing an unbelievable volley, which dipped over Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni.
It drew comparisions with Marco van Basten's first-time volley during Euro 1988, but it can be argued this was even better than that and the goal then-Fulham manager Martin Jol did.
The finish was glorious, but his chest control while running and then the strike at speed was wondrous to behold. Goal of the season, unless someone pulls off a goal like Zinedine Zidane's volley vs. Bayer Leverkusen.