The Liverpool striker took full advantage of a slip from Bacary Sagna, lack of composure from Thomas Vermaelen and poor reactions from Aaron Ramsey to slot the ball home via a deflection. Will we see a worse defended goal in 2012-13?
We all hear about the contenders for goal of the season but Wednesday night’s football served up a few contenders for the worst goal of the season.
Firstly there was the lovely chipped half volley from Jonny Heitinga that gave Shane Long a simple header in to the back of the net.
Oh and how can we forget Michael Carrick’s delightful through ball and David De Gea’s non-confrontational goalkeeping that allowed Jay Rodriguez to give Southampton the lead at Old Trafford?
Firstly there was the Bacary Sagna’s slip. None of the following would have happened had the French international not of been doing his best audition for next year’s edition of Dancing On Ice; and we thought the big freeze was over? That’ll teach him for wearing his brogues on the football pitch he looked like he had overstepped the line at a bowling alley.
But never mind; sure it meant Luis Suarez’s originally wayward pass had now looked like a surgical piece of incision to play in Glen Johnson down the left but there was still plenty of cover behind the befallen Sagna to deal with any threat.
Johnson’s delivery into the box was not much better and it fell kindly to the feet of the captain Thomas Vermaelen. Now the composed Belgian only had to make a good solid contact and this horrible mess would all be over and he could then send a barrage of French abuse Sagna’s way. But alas Vermaelen decided to treat the ball like a primed to detonate bomb, panicked, and absolutely airkicked it.
What followed was the only saving grace from an Arsenal perspective when Wojciech Szczesny made a decent save from Daniel Sturridge and the ball ran loose in to the path of Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman had done so well to spot the danger and get back to help his defence. That was until about a nanosecond before the ball reached him he forgot he was a professional footballer; the ball ricocheted off his standing heel into the path of the worst possible candidate; Luis Suarez.
Calm and composed he slotted the ball goal-ward and even then it wasn’t over as a deflection took the ball away from the Polish keeper; 1-0 Liverpool and the entire time Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker seemed to just watch on aghast.
Arsenal in the end did really well to haul their way back into the game and were desperately unlucky not to come away with all three points but if they continue to concede such Sunday League standard goals at this level they are going to struggle to find their way back into fourth spot.
Was the first goal at The Emirates the worst goal you have seen this season?
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