Arsenal FC: Top 10 Goals of the 2010/11 Season
A total of 132 goals were scored by Arsenal Football Club from the 17th of July, 2010 to the 22nd of May, 2011. Arsenal began their preseason adventure against affiliates Barnet before going on a tour of Austria, the Emirates Cup and the visit to the home ground of Lukasz Fabianski’s former employers. Arsenal scored a total 18 preseason goals with Samir Nasri being the standout performer scoring five goals.
Arsenal began its Premier League campaign with a visit to Anfield but Pepe Reina decided to take the accolade of being Arsenal’s first Premier League goal scorer in the 2010/11 campaign with an own goal after some pressure from the new boy, Marouane Chamakh. From Reina’s own goal in August to Theo Walcott’s late equalizer against Fulham in May, Arsenal scored a total of 72 goals in the Premier League.
The club also started its Carling Cup adventure with a 4-1 spanking of bitter rivals Tottenham in a game Henri Lansbury opened his Gunner goal scoring account. Six games and 10 goals later, Robin van Persie’s scissor kick was the final Arsenal Carling Cup goal scored in a game that will be remembered for the exploits of Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny in the 89th minute.
Arsenal was very fortunate in their FA Cup encounters but their complacency, profligacy in front of goal and a weak second 11 ensured that FA Cup replays settled their ties. They were paired round after round against lower-league sides but they failed their first true test in the quarterfinal against a Manchester United side that fielded seven defenders in the starting lineup. Arsenal scored 12 goals in the FA Cup.
The Champions League was another competition Arsenal fell by the roadside thanks to a lethargic display at the Nou Camp coupled with Robin van Persie’s red card and Massimo Busacca’s incompetence. But Arsenal was goal crazy in the group stages of the competition. Wenger’s men scored 20 goals in Europe’s elite club competition.
Here’s my take on the top 10 goals scored this season.
10. Carlos Vela Against Bolton (11th September, 2010)
Fabregas was the star of the show with his amazing passing skills but the through ball he gave to Vela was the icing of the cake for the Gunners that had successfully shared 23 uninterrupted passes before the ball got to Fabregas’ boot.
Vela controlled his brilliant chip-over-the-top pass to slot the ball past Jaaskelainen to kill the game off at 4-1.
9. Theo Walcott Against Fulham (22nd May, 2010)
Arsenal started the month of April in a two-horse race with Manchester United for the title but a series of disappointing draws followed by defeats to Stoke and Aston Villa saw Arsenal plunge down to fourth place.
Fulham almost compounded the club’s misery but Walcott stepped up in the 89th minute with a lovely solo run from the halfway line that ended with a placed finish that hit the post before entering the net to level the tie at 2-2.
8. Samir Nasri Against Aston Villa (27th November, 2010)
Arsenal visited Villa Park on the back of two disappointing defeats. The first defeat against Tottenham was extremely heartbreaking because Arsenal had gone two up at halftime before conceding three goals in the second half. The second defeat came at the hands of Champions League newbies and Europa League finalists SC Braga.
Nasri’s goal against Aston Villa can be described with one simple word: technique. His confidence was sky-high at that time of the year and he had nine goals to his name at that point. When Arshavin swung in the corner kick, Nasri’s eyes were fixed on the ball and he had only one thing in mind: a first-time shot. It was an exquisite volley Dennis Bergkamp would have been proud of.
7. Andrei Arshavin Against Aston Villa (27th November, 2010)
Arshavin was under serious criticism from the media so this goal did enough to get them off his back for a few weeks. Arshavin broke the deadlock with a solo run from the left. He cut in and fired a shot through the legs of a defender to the bottom corner.
6. Alexandre Song Against Bolton (11th September, 2010)
Alex Song produced his highest-ever scoring season for Arsenal with five goals to his name but the goal he scored against Bolton was the pick of the bunch. After receiving a pass, his first touch sent the ball away from the defender then he chipped the ball past Bolton’s stand-in goalie, Bogdan.
5. Andrei Arshavin Against West Brom (19th March, 2011)
Arsenal played West Brom a week after losing their FA Cup quarterfinal match to Manchester United. The match against West Brom was important to Wenger’s men because the league was the only title left to fight for but Almunia’s stupidity made things difficult for the Gunners.
In the 71st minute of that game, a glimmer of hope arrived in the form of our diminutive Russian, Arshavin. He and Chamakh linked up well to build up an attack. Chamakh got in at the edge of the box then fed a simple short pass to Arshavin. His first touch was inch-perfect, his second even better. Carson haplessly watched the ball slam into his net without moving a muscle.
4. Nicklas Bendtner Against Newcastle (27th October, 2010)
Arsenal was in a good run of form in October. The Carling Cup encounter against Newcastle showed the precise finishing skills of Theo Walcott but Bendtner’s goal was the best goal in that game. After receiving a pass at the edge of the box, the Great Dane had a few touches before curling the ball past Tim Krul.
3. Nicklas Bendtner Against Ipswich (26th January, 2011)
After a surprise first-leg loss to Ipswich at Portman Road, Arsenal had to come up with the goods in front of their own fans to book a ticket to the Carling Cup Final. Ipswich defended resolutely but after much perseverance, Arsenal got what our play deserved: breakthrough.
Wilshere, who was simply faultless that night, sent another delicious long ball to the rangy Dane. He used his technique to bring the ball under control, cut inside the area then curled the ball past Fulop.
2. Samir Nasri Against Fulham (4th December, 2010)
When Nasri ran to the corner flag to celebrate his goal with van Persie and his other teammates, the Fulham defenders were still bewildered and perplexed about how a fellow professional footballer made them use their ass to clean the stadium. They were quite lucky they were wearing black shorts, it would have been extremely disgraceful for their kids watching at home if their shorts were stained through the game.
Nasri grabbed the ball from the right and performed a magic trick on the players with an amazing act of the technical skill called dribbling. He slammed the ball into the net with his left foot after the defenders where on the ground.
1. Robin Van Persie Against Barcelona (16th February, 2011)
Many Gooners believe that Nasri’s goal against Fulham was the best goal scored by an Arsenal player this season but I cannot recall any goal better than Robin van Persie’s strike against Barcelona. As an Arsenal fan, I’ve seen van Persie score great goals for the club: When he made a fool of Sorenson in the 5-0 mauling of Aston Villa in the 2005-06 campaign; when he curled the ball past Friedel in a Blackburn goal that same season.
His Shaolin flying-kick volley against Charlton a season later was the pick of the 2006/07 season but when Barcelona visited the Emirates, van Persie, Arshavin and the Gunners gave the Arsenal fans a night to remember.
Gael Clichy noticed that RVP was free on the edge of the box so he chipped the ball to his direction. RVP noticed that Victor Valdes left a minute space on his near post so he fired the ball straight at goal. The goal stands out as my goal of the season because of van Persie’s intelligence.
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