Korean side attempts Henry and Pires penalty routine from Arsenal

Thierry Henry

The Gunners duo were laughing stock of the Premier League when they tried out a special spot kick routine against Manchester City at Highbury in 2006.

Penalties can be a tricky business, for every exquisite Panenka-style chip down the middle scored there are five examples of spot kicks in which a striker has tamely lobbed the ball straight into the arms of a stationary goalkeeper.

And in two former Arsenal greats who need no introduction to the dangers of an over-elaborate pen are Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, who have been the subject of much ridicule after attempting to score an audacious goal from the spot during a Premier League encounter with Manchester City.

Designed to replicate the famous penalty scored by Johan Cruyff for Ajax against Helmond Sport in the 1970s, Pires was supposed to tap the ball out to Henry, who would then play it back to the midfielder for an easy tap in.

But Pires failed to apply the correct touch to the ball, which moved mere millimetres before being cleared by the City defence.

The incident left Arsenal fans – and City’s Danny Mills – seething at the arrogance of the Gunners duo, but their failure hasn’t stopped one Korean side from attempting the same trick.

Jeonbuk Motors will not be familiar to many casual football fans but the K-League side wrote themselves into football folklore after trying – and succeeding – with their own version of the Cruyff move.

Slightly more simplistic that the one attempted by Henry and Pires, this version saw the taker roll the ball to his left-hand side, with a teammate rushing in to fire the ball home

Scored during a 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers, the fact that the goal was a decisive one only adds to the impressive nature of the feat attempted.

We think even Danny Mills may enjoy this one!

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