Since Arsenal fans unsportingly sabotaged the BBC’s Premier League goal of the season competition in order to ensure Jack Wilshere won for the second successive year, there have been a number of attempts to right this wrong across the football sphere.
The injury-prone England man’s effort, which put the Gunners 3-0 up against West Brom at home on the last day of the top-flight campaign, was a decent finish, and nothing more. The three strikes below are all in a different league to Wilshere’s.
Which wins out? That’s up to you…
Andre Schurrle – Burnley 1-3 Chelsea, 18/08/2014
The since-transferred Germany international finished off the move, and had a hand in starting it, but this was truly a collaborative effort from Jose Mourinho’s men.
Eden Hazard’s direct running frightened the life out of the Clarets’ defence, with the Belgian wizard laying it off for Branislav Ivanovic to chip a sublime ball into Cesc Fabregas.
However, if that was sublime, the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder’s pass to put in Schurrle was out of this world. You will not see better.
Matt Phillips – Crystal Palace 3-1 QPR, 14/03/2015
We pick up the play after the Super Hoops wideman kills the ball from a Palace clearance. The hosts are 3-0 up and looking to hold what they have, so only striker Yaya Sanogo tracks Phillips’ run, and half heartedly at that.
As the Eagles’ defence continues to back off, Phillips takes one step, two steps, three steps, bang!
It wasn’t enough for Chris Ramsey’s doomed outfit to pull any points out of the game, but what a hit son.
Jermain Defoe – Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle, 05/04/2015
With two goals in his first 11 games for Sunderland prior to this Tyne-Wear derby, Defoe wasn’t what you would call exceptional value for his rumoured £80k per week deal at the Stadium of Light.
This route one goal showed the Mackems faithful exactly what they’d paid for though.
Keeper Costel Pantilimon pumped the ball up to the edge of the area, where Steven Fletcher headed down perfectly for Defoe to launch one into the top right-hand corner with a left-foot volley on the full.
The former West Ham and Spurs striker’s effort was all the more important as the victory snapped a seven-game winless streak for Sunderland, with Dick Advocaat’s charges losing just two of their last eight top-flight fixtures to stay up with a game to spare.
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