Arsenal YouTube Tribute: The Best 16 Arsenal Goals on Youtube
If one word springs to mind about North London giants Arsenal, it is entertaining. Since Arsene Wenger's tenure commenced in 1996, the Gunners have become renowned for their exciting, clinical and entertaining play which dazzle and delight fans of World Football.
Arsenal may have not secure silverware in the past six season but they still managed to maintain their superb approach to football that thrives on pace, balance, incisive passing and movement. The style commands respect and at times makes one stop and watch in awe.
With 2011/2012 fast approaching and the the pressure on the Gunners to not only perform but acquire quality signings, things have not appeared bright in North London. However this slideshow offers a small tribute to the sublime skill and glorious moments that Arsenal have conveyed in recent years.
Whether it be a stunning goal or just brilliant passing, it is always a joy to watch. BleacherReport brings readers the ultimate YouTube tribute of Arsenal.
Great North London Derby: Arsenal 5 Tottenham 4
Fresh from their stunning, historic 2003/2004 Invincibles season, the Gunners had an early season test against intense rivals Tottenham in the much anticipated and loved North London derby. Spurs had just appointed Martin Jol as manager and the Dutchman had a tough task for his first Premier League outing.
A sublime Arsenal line up boasting the likes of Patrick Vieira, Theirry Henry, Lauren, Freddie Ljungberg and Ashley Cole, the score line highlights that this was one North London derby to remember. At least for Arsenal fans.
Robin Van Persie Stunning Goal vs Chartlon-2006/2007
The 2006/2007 was not the most memorable season for the Gunners. Apart from progressing to the League Cup final, there was little else for the Arsenal faithful to get excited about. None the less Wenger's squad continued to exhibit amazing passages of play and superb goal.
Striker Robin van Persie concluded the season as Arsenal's top scorer with 13, despite succumbing to a season ending foot injury in January. The Dutchman was in scintillating form in the opening half of the campaign and this goal was arguably the strike of the season.
Nwankwo Kanu Wonder Goal
Nigerian striker spent five seasons at Arsenal and was a sensational striker. Amassing 43 goals for the Gunners, some of the strikes the imposing forward created were sublime. This particular effort was established by legendary midfielder Patrick Vieira but there is no denying the finish is pure class from Kanu.
Sylvain Wiltord's Vital Goal Against Manchester United-2001/2002
2001/2002 was a terrific campaign for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's squad achieved the rare "Double Hat" of an English Premier League title and the FA Cup. It was rare to see Manchester United beaten and for Arsenal to succeed in such a dominating time was nothing short of extraordinary.
French striker Sylvain Wiltord scored what proved to be a vital point in Arsenal's campaign as his sublime winner all but secured the Premier League title. Arguably the highlight of the former Bordeaux striker's career, few will forget Wiltord's brilliance.
How Football Should Be Played: Patrick Vieira Finishes off Team Work Goal
Arsenal encountered Liverpool during the 2004/2005 season, the last season in which the Gunners' secured silverware, and found them selves 1-0 down. However as great teams do, despite being considerably out played, Arsenal materialized a stunning piece of play that involved pin point passing and movement to ensure Patrick Vieira had to simply finish to equalize.
The Frechman did.
Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry Combine to Score
Arsene Wenger once boasted two of World Football's greatest ever strikers of all time so it is no surprise the Gunners' achieved what the did from 1996-2005. Dennis Bergkamp and Theirry Henry were two of the most intelligent, quick, clinical and evasive strikers and this video only shows a small clip of how lethal the duo proved to be.
Lauren Outstanding Effort Against Chelsea-FA Cup Replay 2003/2004
Arsenal were unable to secure the FA Cup in 2003/2004, however it ceased to matter due to their immense English Premier League campaign. None the less the Gunners' encountered Chelsea in a replay and arguably Arsenal's greatest ever right back provided the spark to guide Arsenal to victory.
Lauren was one of the most quiet achievers yet most effective Arsenal players of all time and will live long in Arsenal history.
Nwankwo Kanu Finishes off Sublime Arsenal Team Work Against Sunderland-2002
This goal epitomized Wenger's style of play. Possession, movement, incisive passing, some physical defensive work and all round entertaining play. The game was convincingly won prior to Kanu's late goal but none the less Arsenal were still conveying their magnificent play in a highly successful 2002 season.
Samir Nasri Amazing Double Against Fulham-2010/2011
2010/2011 concluded as a disappointing season for Arsenal but it was a breakthrough season for Samir Nasri, who enhanced his game with consistency and maturity. The Frenchman made the PFA Team of the Year alongside finishing third in Arsenal's Player of the Year vote.
The dynamo managed 15 goals throughout the campaign and arguable the best were these two stunners. Easily Nasri's match of the season, the midfielder single-handedly secured Arsenal the game with two moments of magic.
Regardless if Nasri stays or leaves the Emirates, all will remember these two goals.
Dennis Bergkamp's Greatest Ever Goal-Newcastle United 2002
Dennis Bergkamp enjoyed 11 seasons at Arsenal and is arguably one of the greatest players of all time at the Gunners. In 237 appearances the Dutchman amassed 122 goals and there is one that always stands out.
Bergkamp's amazing effort against Newcastle is considered the greatest of his Arsenal career, his career in general, one of the greatest Arsenal goals of all time and one of the greatest goals in World Football of all time. One gets the point.
Robert Pires Amazing Goal Versus Aston Villa-Take a Bow
Rober Pires was one of Arsenal's greatest midfielders of all time and possibly Wenger's greatest signing. This particular effort against Aston Villa had footballing legend and commentator Andy Gray applauding. The famous FIFA quote "Take a bow son" emerged from this incredible bit of skill.
There is no denying Robert Pires was one heck of a player.
Thierry Henry Cheeky Free Kick Against Chelsea-2004
Thierry Henry was quick. Explosive with his speed, the Frenchman could glide past defenders with ease yet still manage to finish. This certainly was a quick goal, but it had nothing to do with Henry's agility. The intelligent Frenchman caught the Chelsea defence and goalkeeper napping to score a cheeky, cheeky goal.
Nwankwo Kanu Stunning Goal Against Chelsea to Complete Hattrick
Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down against rivals Chelsea on October the 23rd 1999 with fifteen minutes left. Nigerian striker Nwankwo Kanu simply smiled and said "Not a big deal". The striker went on to score a hat trick in 15 minutes to leave Stamford Bridge stunned.
The video showcases the third and final goal, which is one of the greatest ever scored in European football.
Samir Nasri Wonder Goal Against FC Porto-2009/2010 UEFA Champions League
The previous video of Samir Nasri gives an idea of his talent and ability. But this effort is even better. Words just cannot explain what the Frenchman is able to do.
Robin Van Persie Superb Strike Against Blackburn Rovers-2005/2006
Robin van Persie has scored against Blackburn the most out of any other team the Dutchman has encountered. There are some terrific efforts but none as sublime as this particular goal to ensure a 3-0 win during the 2005/2006 season.
Thierry Henry Historic Goal Against Real Madrid-UEFA Champions League 2005/2006
Arsenal advanced to the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the clubs history during the 2005/2006 campaign. The Gunners' eventually lost to Barcelona 2-1 but it was one of the most exciting and courageous campaigns of all time.
In the round of 16 the Gunners' encountered Spanish giants Real Madrid at their famous Bernabeu and few gave Wenger's men a chance of succeeding. Up steps Thierry Henry. The rest is history.