10 Great Arsenal Goals Scored by Defenders
A defender's job is to keep the ball out of their own net, so when they score goals for themselves, it is often a rare yet exciting feat.
Plenty of world-class defenders have donned the shirt of Arsenal, and many have managed to chip in on the offensive end from time to time. An elite back must not only be sound defensively, but also be capable of getting involved with the attack as well.
And players like Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, Kolo Toure and Thomas Vermaelen are such defenders that have bagged a stunning goal or two in their Arsenal careers, and many are worth viewing.
Here are 10 absolute cracking Gunner goals scored by defenders, in no particular order.
Kolo Toure vs. Bolton Wanderers
The Ivorian spent seven solid years patrolling the Gunners' back four, and he was a patient and accurate defender that was adored by Arsenal fans.
He is a powerful defender who boasts a punishing free kick, as this goal against Bolton will attest. The way Toure is able to keep the ball so low to the ground is amazing, allowing it to arrow its way into the bottom corner.
Lee Dixon vs. Chelsea
A renowned right-back during his glory days at Highbury, Lee Dixon made 458 appearances for Arsenal en route to scoring 24 times for the club.
A speedy back that liked to hang out at the top of the box, this goal against Chelsea demonstrates marvelous technique and accuracy. Any striker in the world would be proud of that finish.
Emmanuel Eboue vs. Burnley
The versatile Eboue played as a defender for a majority of his Arsenal career, and many of his performances have left Arsene Wenger with mixed feelings.
Nonetheless, what Emmanuel Eboue lacked in footballing skills he made up for with heart, character and personality. This goal against Burnley portrays the prototypical Arsenal style of footy, and a sequence of slick passing is finished off by the Ivorian and swiftly followed by a ridiculous dance.
Sol Campbell vs. Barcelona
Sol Campbell had two stints with Arsenal, and the imposing center half was once a regular for the England set up.
His goal in the Champion's League final of 2006 was a touch of class, thumping in his first European goal against mighty Barcelona. Although the Gunners would go on and lose the match, Campbell's goal was a thing to remember.
Ashley Cole vs. Aston Villa
He may not be welcomed back to the club any time soon, but there is no doubt in my mind that Ashley Cole came into his own while playing for Arsenal.
The time he spent at the London club gave him a platform to develop and he soon began working towards the top-level status he is at today. This goal vs. Aston Villa showed just how quick Cole is when going end to end.
Lauren vs. Chelsea
The Cameroon international was bothered with numerous injuries during his career, but when he was available Wenger often looked to Lauren as his first-choice right back.
Lauren was a tall and lanky player who could weave seamlessly up the park with the ball at this feet. Watch as he dazzles on the dribble before firing a shot into the bottom part of the net.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst vs. Chelsea
It seems like Gio has been scoring crackers his entire career, and his time at Arsenal was a very successful one.
The Gunners love to score on their London rivals and this goal is classic Van Bronckhorst. The technique is so pure and the positioning of the strike couldn't be more precise.
Nigel Winterburn vs. Wimbledon
Nigel Winterburn has etched his name in Arsenal folklore and he was a reliable defender his whole career.
This blast against Wimbledon though holds a special place in Winterburn's heart, because it came on his weaker foot. The interview gives insight into the goal itself and the reaction of his teammates is priceless.
Thomas Vermaelen vs. Blackburn
Thomas Vermaelen quickly announced his arrival to London with an outrageous goal output, and his prowess in front of net has brought him some plaudits.
The Belgian is a rock for the current Gunners side and he has a knack for scoring very frequently as a center back. Vermaelen is able to bounce up off the ground and join back in the attack before finding the net in convincing style.
Tony Adams vs. Tottenham
Mr. Arsenal himself, you aren't a true fan if you don't know who Tony Adams is.
With over 500 appearances for the club, Adams achieved so much during his career and scored a couple massive goals along the way. He despised Tottenham and this goal is not only beautiful on its own, but greatly important to the Arsenal side of London.