Top five: Arsenal goal of the season contenders

Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott & Olivier Giroud have all scored sensational goals for the Gunners this season

Alex Batt
Published 04/24/2013 16:11 by Alex Batt, read by 6,493 people.

The end of the season is when everyone talks about the memories of the last nine months - and potential goals of the season are always a hot topic.

There is nothing better than watching your team score an absolutely sensational goal and there have been some crackers this season with some long-range volleys, great build-up goals and some breathtaking solo efforts.

But here we are going to look at the top five Arsenal goals of the season so far.

Obviously there are still four games left in the season and that means there is still time for a goal of the season contender to take place, but here we are nominating the top five goals so far that have come from an Arsenal player.

5. Santi Cazorla v West Ham

We start the list off with a breathtaking team goal, something you come to expect when you watch Arsenal. Neat passing is something Arsene Wenger encourages and this goal from Cazorla was the perfect goal in his eyes.

It started with Lukas Podolski passing the ball sidewards towards strike-partner Olivier Giroud, who then brilliantly lobbed the ball first-time over the defensive line straight back to the German, who was then able to pass the ball across the goal for Cazorla who managed to back-heel the ball into the net.

A truly sensational team goal and one that makes my top five just for the perfect build-up and the neat little finish from the Spaniard.

4. Kieran Gibbs v Swansea City

It is unusual for a defender to get a nomination for goal of the season, but Gibbs' volley against Swansea in the FA Cup easily deserves recognition.

After picking up the ball down the left, he then passed the ball to Giroud, who then once again produced a sensational lofted pass over the defence which fell perfectly in Gibbs' path. The full-back then unleashed a rocket first time on his left foot into the top corner past Michel Vorm.

A sensational pass, yet again, from Giroud and a fantastic first-time volley from the defender.

3. Olivier Giroud v Brighton

Another FA Cup game and another quality goal from Arsenal, and this time it was Giroud that converted the chance after a nice lay-off from Podolski.

After nearly conceding at one end, Arsenal broke away rapidly thanks to Tomas Rosicky, who then passed it into Podolski, who had his back to the goal. The German striker then rolled it back to Giroud who just took one touch to compose himself and then curled the ball past the Brighton keeper from outside the box

A great counter-attack finished off with a great finish.

2. Theo Walcott v Newcastle United

Now this only just missed out from top spot because of a sensational strike, but this goal was just brilliant and it was a perfect way to secure his hat-trick.

The game was coming to an end and the score was 6-3 to Arsenal - seriously, it was. The Gunners had a free-kick in the corner, which many people thought they would keep there, but oh no, Walcott had something else in mind.

He picked up the ball near the byline and what he did next was something Lionel Messi would have been proud of. After ghosting past four Newcastle defenders, he then got wiped out in the area, but before a penalty could be awarded, the winger got straight back up and then cheekily chipped the ball over Tim Krul's head. Truly sensational.

1. Lukas Podolski v Montpellier

This goal just pips Walcott's goal to the number one spot, in my opinion, because you will not see a ball hit sweeter - and once again it involved a great lofted pass from Giroud.

After Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had run in from the wing, he then laid the ball off to Podolski. The German then rolled the ball across the goalmouth to Giroud, who then produced a crazy first-touch over-the-top ball right back into the path of Podolski, much like for the Gibbs and Cazorla goal, and then the German striker absolutely rocketed the ball into the top of the net leaving the goalkeeper helpless.

A sweet connection from the left-boot of Podolski, and it isn't the only time he has done that. A great ball and a top-class strike to finish.


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