Christmas day has come and gone, and now we’re all focusing on the New Year – a time for parties, over-intoxication and of course, Premier League football.
But before we usher in 2015, it’s time to reminisce over the last twelve months… and what better way to do so than by regurgitating the footballing memories and the best goals of 2014?
This article takes a look at Arsenal and their most memorable strikes of the calender year, featuring the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Olivier giroud to name a few.
So without further ado, sit back and remember 2014 through the Gunners’ top FIVE goals!
Kicking us off is Olivier Giroud with the second-most recent Arsenal goal on this list. The Frenchman failed to prevent defeat to Manchester United in November but showed his class with this stunning strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
For the exceptional take just yards from goal, followed by a typically powerful finish, this effort against West Ham in April:
Arguably Arsenal’s gutsiest performance of the year, nothing’s sweeter than a bitter-fought 1-0 win over your local rivals – especially when it’s secured through a goal as incredible as Tomas Rosicky’s. Mozart Reborn instigated a Gunners counter-attack before applying this incredible finish from an acute angle.
In a goal that epitomises Arsenal’s eloquent, creative and technical philosophy, this goal against Sunderland from February, filled with one-twos and finished with a cheeky lob:
Not only did this strike demonstrate Santi Cazorla’s incredible quality from ball situations, but it also kick-started Arsenal’s comeback in the 2014 FA Cup final against Hull City, after going two goals down in the first ten minutes.
A very recent goal – this Panenka penalty against Newcastle United:
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has already grabbed an impressive 15 goals since his £35million move to the Emirates during the summer. The pick of the bunch? Due to the quality of the strike and the strength of the opposition, this emphatic finish against Manchester City, which won Arsenal’s Goal of the Month award for September.
Plenty to choose from, but this free-kick against Southampton in the Capital One Cup, just ten days after the strike against the Citizens, particularly stood out:
Arsenal’s new-found show-stopper Aaron Ramsey was always going to top this list, with a plethora of memorable strikes since the turn of 2014 – including the winner against Hull City in the FA Cup final. It’s actually his most recent strike that’s made it into pole position however; a 30-yard piledriver against Galatasaray, which famously caused this reaction from Yaya Sanogo:
One could suggest the strike against the Tigers in terms of significance – it’s arguably Arsenal’s most important goal in a decade. But for it’s aesthetic qualities alone, we’ve gone with this worldie against Norwich: