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Five of the worst: Open-goal misses

Gervinho slids to the floor after his miss (©GettyImages)
Gervinho slids to the floor after his miss (©GettyImages).

It is fair to say that finishing is not Gervinho's strong suit, but even by the Ivorian's own low standards, his open-goal miss against Bradford last night was a bit of a shocker.

Most of the blame following the Gunners' torrid night in the north-east was laid at the door of Arsene Wenger, but didn't exactly help his boss out with a miss of gigantic proportions.

One-nil down to League Two opposition, the former-Lille frontman found himself six yards out, the goal gaping, the keeper stranded.

The ball flashed across the box, Gervinho opened his body, his studs dragging along the Valley Parade pitch. No conviction, no hope, and the chance was gone.

The way he dropped the floor suggests he knew he was going to miss before he'd even had a chance to fulfil his own doomed prophecy.

In one act Gervinho missed the target, slumped to the turf, and enraged Arsenal fans got the sense that perhaps today wasn't going to be their day.

It was a shocking miss, but while Gervinho must have felt like the loneliest man on the planet at that exact minute, he can rest assured he's in good company.

Plenty of others have suffered the same fate - a crisis of confidence or a breakdown in technique costing them dearly, opening them up to ridicule for years to come from second-rate TV comedians and/or 'personalities'.

Danny Dyer, Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Lovejoy - they've all flogged DVDs of the back of these kind of footballing mishaps.

If anything, Gervinho is just lucky his effort was too late to make the edit on this year's round of Christmas box-sets.


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Anyway, he's four other great misses. So Gervinho, have a watch of these, hopefully they'll make you feel a bit better…

Ryan Giggs | Manchester United v Arsenal

Even Manchester United's record appearance maker is not immune. In this FA Cup semi-final, Giggs rounds David Seaman only to fire over. It was his weaker right-foot, but that's really no excuse.

Alexander Soderlund | Haugesend v Viking

The Norway international streaks forward, two teammates in tow. The ball gets squared, not a defender in sight, and Soderlund blasts over. Cue collapse to the floor, hands to the head in shame.

Fahad Khalfan | Qatar v Uzbekistan

An instant YouTube hit back in 2010, this Qatari forward takes the ball practically onto the goal-line before blasting against the post. Unbelievably incredible miss.

Fernando Torres | Manchester United v Chelsea

Torres actually scored a beauty in this game, but so fragile was his confidence that he missed an aboslute sitter as well. He rounds the keeper, and United fans fear the worst, but the World Cup winning Spaniard shanks his shot wide. A sign of things to come in a Chelsea shirt for Torres...

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