Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United gave us something special to enjoy on Monday with his sensational solo goal and, inevitably, led to a bout of reminiscence.
It was arguably the goal of the season and a fine display of speed, skill and control before a calm finish.
Of course, the young Frenchman is not the only one who has a knack for a slaloming run before finishing well and GMF were keen to recall some of those special strikes.
There are no rules to this list, just a few of our favourite goals from down the years, though we will be restricting this list to gems from the British Isles.
An FA Cup goal here and the quarter-final between Spurs and Barnsley in South Yorkshire was a quiet affair until the 68th minute and Ginola’s intervention. The flamboyant Frenchman picked up the ball just inside the opposition half on the left and embarked on a jinking run past four players before rolling the ball into the far corner. A special goal in any situation but the fact it was the winner gave it something extra.
This was a good year for the FA Cup and solo goals, with the replay between the two sides fighting it out for the title at the time. Villa Park was the venue and Patrick Vieira played an errant pass across the pitch that Giggs picked up and the rest is well known history, especially the celebration rug.
Ben Arfa has previous with these types of goals, proof of which is his sublime strike against Blackburn Rovers earlier this year in Newcastle’s FA Cup third round win at St James’s Park. Picking up a loose ball midway in the Rovers’ half, he proceeded to beat four or five opponents and smashed the ball home high into the net.
The celebration after this goal has become an iconic image for fans of Arsenal and the knee-slide at the end of it was immortalised as one of the statues unveiled outside Emirates Stadium late last year. It was quite a goal as Henry picked up a clearance on the edge the centre-circle in his own half before surging forward and slotting home from the edge of the area.
The young Costa Rican came pretty much unheralded when joining newly promoted Derby County from hometown club CS Herediano. He made quite an impact in his debut at Old Trafford by running from inside his own half, holding off two or three challenges, gliding into the box and sliding the ball past Peter Schmeichel. It was a fantastic goal form a player who never really fulfilled the promise he showed early in his career in England.
There we have it, five of our favourite solo goals and we think they are a great five.
This is by no means a definitive list and we accept that you may believe another solo goal may be better, but this should not detract from the enjoyment you will get out of remembering these.
We want to know which solo goals you believe are worth a mention, so leave a comment below to join the debate…
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