Arsenal's 10 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Premier League Season
Now that Arsenal have completed their Premier League campaign with a commendable total of 79 points, it's time to look back on the thrilling season that was.
And there's no better way to do that than to recap the best goals the Gunners scored this year. It's been a truly excellent campaign for those who value aesthetically pleasing play and breathtaking goals (who doesn't?).
So, without further ado, let's marvel at the 10 best goals of Arsenal's Premier League campaign.
Aaron Ramsey vs. Sunderland
It was quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey was brimming with confidence at the beginning of the season because he was banging in goals just like this.
The Ramsey of last season would not have tried something like this, a volley from outside the box through a crowd of players. But this season's Ramsey takes the game by the scruff of the neck and is audacious enough to have a go in any situation.
There will be much more from the Welshman later in this list.
Santi Cazorla vs. Fulham
Here is one of the most aesthetically pleasing team goals in a season during which Arsenal scored a great many of them.
I don't love this goal for the interplay as much as Santi Cazorla's sliding finish. He manages to perfectly curl the ball into the bottom corner of the goal with considerable pace even while losing his balance and falling to the ground.
That is the mark of a player with full control over his body and the situation he is in.
Theo Walcott vs. Manchester City
But Walcott still deserves credit for this excellent effort when it still looked like the Gunners might be able to salvage a draw from this slaughter.
The goal itself is a really impressive piece of skill. Walcott generates power all by himself, since the ball does not have any momentum, and curls the ball around Costel Pantilimon, one of the tallest goalkeepers in the world at 6'8".
Tomas Rosicky vs. Tottenham Hotspur
This single goal made the difference in a nail-biting north London derby at White Hart Lane a couple of months ago. Tomas Rosicky did not wait too long for his opportunity, smashing the ball past Hugo Lloris in just the second minute.
It was a splendid display of technique and gall wrapped into one sumptuous package for Arsenal fans. The Gunners defended like their lives defended on it for the rest of the match, but all anyone remembers is this stunner.
Aaron Ramsey vs. Norwich
You might remember this one from a couple of days ago.
Yet another "what if" moment from the man who was almost entirely absent since Boxing Day. Credit to Olivier Giroud for the inch-perfect cross, but the technical skill required to smash a powerful volley into the top corner is belied by the ease with which Ramsey scored this beauty.
Tomas Rosicky vs. Sunderland
Almost everyone remembers Jack Wilshere's brilliant goal versus Norwich (more on that anon), but many forget that Tomas Rosicky and his teammates pulled off a similar feat against Sunderland.
Arsenal try to execute this sort of move a lot, but it very rarely comes off. In fact, it only did twice this season in this sort of way: here and in the Norwich stunner.
Rosicky's cheeky little chip at the end makes this goal all the sweeter.
Olivier Giroud vs. West Ham
A common theme in many of Arsenal's best goals this season is extraordinary technical skill leading up to the decisive moment.
It's not surprising when one considers that Arsenal are one of the most technically proficient teams in England and seek to play more beautifully than almost every opponent they play.
One can see the sort of incredibly soft touch that only the world's best players possess in Olivier Giroud's recent beauty against West Ham. He uses his velvet left foot to bring down a long ball over his shoulder before calmly tucking the ball past the goalkeeper.
Aaron Ramsey vs. Norwich, Pt. 2
Seems like Aaron Ramsey just loves scoring against Norwich.
This was the second truly spectacular goal that Arsenal scored that day (we'll see the other one later on), but whereas the first was a masterpiece orchestrated by several players, this is right up there with the best individual goals of the season.
The technique and composure are just marvelous.
Aaron Ramsey vs. Liverpool
Talk about confidence: making a chance out of absolutely nothing and trying to beat Simon Mignolet from 20 yards out on the half-volley.
Aaron Ramsey scored this absolute peach against Liverpool when he was at the peak of his powers earlier in the season. It's one of the many truly breathtaking moments he's provided this season that make any Arsenal fan ask "what could have been" had the Welshman not been injured for several months.
Jack Wilshere vs. Norwich
This is, of course, at the top of the list of exceptional goals that Arsenal have scored this season.
Jack Wilshere's spectacular goal against Norwich perfectly encapsulates Arsenal's style and Arsene Wenger's footballing philosophy, which thoroughly shapes the way the team plays: not focused on the finish, but the team's buildup.
And what a spectacular way to set up a goal. Several players' speed of thought and motion aligning so perfectly with their respective positioning is so uncommon as to only occur once in several seasons.
The crowd's reaction after seeing the goal on the screen in the stadium is priceless.
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