FLAMINI AGAINST SPURS
On a tough Capital One Cup away day at White Hart Lane on 23rd of September, Arsenal were in need of inspiration, and it appeared in the form of Frenchman Mathieu Flamini. After opening the scoring, the midfielder also netted the winner in some style: a magnificent volley 10 minutes from full-time. A beautiful finish and a moment of intense joy for the Gunners fans in the away end. For a man not known for regularly finding the net, it was a spectacular contribution.
SANCHEZ AGAINST LEICESTER
After Theo Walcott had cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s early opener, Alexis Sánchez sprung into action to grab the game by the scruff of the neck: the Chilean put the gunners ahead before half-time with a great header that looped over Kasper Schmeichel, bagged a second from an Mesut Özil assist, and finally used all his talent to complete his hat-trick from 25 yards – quite a way to quash talk of an emerging goal drought. This was definitely his best performance of the season for the club, and one which ended Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season.
OLIVIER GIROUD AGAINST OLYMPIACOS
The Gunners needed to pull off something special in Olympiakos’ back yard in order to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. Winning by a two-goal margin looked like a tough ask with Sanchez and Cazorla both absent, but Giroud stepped up as the hero of the hour. The French striker scored a hat-trick to send Arsenal into the last sixteen of the tournament, overtaking Dennis Bergkamp’s tally of Champions League goals in the process.