Ranking Arsenal's 4 Best Community Shield Goals Ahead of Clash with Man City

Charlie MelmanCorrespondent IIAugust 8, 2014

Ranking Arsenal's 4 Best Community Shield Goals Ahead of Clash with Man City

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    As the third-most successful club in English football history, Arsenal have played in their fair share of Community Shield matches.

    That means they've scored a fair number of goals in those matches. With yet another Community Shield coming up against Manchester City, let's take a look back at Arsenal's four best goals in the match.

Gilberto vs. Liverpool

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    No video of this goal apparently exists, so I'll tell you the circumstances, which give it significance.

    Arsenal and Liverpool were heated rivals at the time, and Arsenal had just taken the FA Cup trophy back from the Reds in 2002. This was also one of the few times in history that the Premier League winners were forced to play the second-place Premier League team because the Gunners won the double.

    Gilberto's goal was all that separated the sides. 

Mikael Silvestre vs. Manchester United

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    Attentive readers might notice that Mikael Silvestre did not play for Arsenal when he scored this goal against Manchester United.

    That is because, with the help of Ashley Cole, he scored against his own team. Though the ball took a huge deflection off the future Arsenal player, credit Cole for skipping through United's defense and setting himself up for the shot. 

Marc Overmars vs. Manchester United

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    What a finish by Marc Overmars here—he pounces on a loose ball in the box that was available for a split second and absolutely thumps the ball into the top corner of the net.

    His shot was absolutely unsavable and even had a bit of bend on it too. It was a poacher's goal scored during the prime of Overmars' career. 

Thierry Henry vs. Manchester United

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    There can be none other than this absolute cracker to take the top spot.

    It seemed impossible for Thierry Henry to score from the distance he shot from, yet he elected to use his free-kick to take a shot on goal rather than tamely putting the ball into the box.

    Tim Howard probably should have saved the shot, in truth, but it seems like he could not get a sufficiently good read on the ball to dive in time.

    This should be a classic Thierry Henry goal, but it is probably overlooked because it was scored in the Community Shield.