Where’s The Arsenal “Goal of the Season”?
Three types of Goal of The Season:
1. “The Take That”. No, not four young gentleman who live with their mothers and like musicals. Oh no. This is the “Watch out Johnny Foreigner, we’re about to drop the Big One on you.”
2. “The Hug”. The Group Huggy, “We’re all in this together” teamwork tap in.
3. “Le Ian”. Pure Rock n’ Roll this one. It’s the “Oh yes I bloody well can. Watch this”.
Recently, I had a very nasty experience. I watched a goal-of-the-season compilation, and a video nasty it certainly was. Two Bales, two Nanis and none from The Gunners. Now I realize that we all go football matches for a variety of reasons, and there are a many ways that we all evaluate our day out.
Hard fought win, entertaining game, high scoring and so on, and for sure it is usually a combination of these. However do you remember the warm glow within as you plod off away from the ground having won on the back of a “goal of the season” contender?
Looking back at my categories above, we all have our favourites.
“The Hug” speaks for itself and has Arsenal written all over it. Thing is though, it is a passage of play, albeit culminating in a goal. The goal will not be spectacular and this is my problem here. We perform beautiful little passages of play in almost every game, and they can happen in any area of the pitch.
“The Take That”. Better. This is the 30 yard pile driver. The “pick that out if it’s not still too hot to handle”. I look at our squad and immediately think Podolski here. Of course the trouble is, opportunities are rare for him as ideally he needs to be moving, if not from central, then certainly from the right onto his left boot.
“Le Ian”. Call me old school “rock n’ roll” but this is where it’s at. Wrighty against Everton all the way for me.
What makes a truly memorable goal and why don’t we score more of them? Some might say the individual is drilled out of our boys and that the emphasis is somehow on walking it into the net. Are we afraid of failure or do we simply not have the individual talent?
Sure, any of the back four can appear and “leather it”, or from a free kick someone can “Carlos Koemann it”, but generally speaking you should be looking to one of the magicians. A team that sets up the way we do will have four. Front Three and the Advanced Midfielder.
Which of our boys do you reckon has the tools in his armoury to do “Le Ian”? Gerv for me, but I’m waiting.