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Premier League: five of the best goals this season

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With Christmas Day on the horizon, there have already been some unforgettable Premier League goals during the first half of the season.

On Monday night, as Arsenal and Manchester City - two of the title contenders - went head-to-head at the Emirates, Yaya Toure scored one of the goals of the campaign with a bolt from the blue to give his side a late chance of redemption.

Toure's super strike wasn't enough, however, as goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud saw Arsene Wenger's side pick up all three points. 

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But Toure's goals got us thinking: which goals have really stood out so far this term?

Well, in a season of shocks and twists, there have been a number of fine individual and teams goals, so here are five of the best: 

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Christian Benteke v Manchester United

Back in September, Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool endured a torrid afternoon as they were beaten at the hands of their great rivals Manchester United. 

There was one very special moment for the travelling support, however: Christian Benteke's wonderful overhead kick won't be forgotten in a hurry. 

The Belgium international hasn't exactly hit the heights expected of him since his move from Aston Villa, but his goal against United will live long in the memory of the Liverpool support. 

Alexis Sanchez v Manchester United

A rocket. That's what Alexis Sanchez delivered against Manchester United back in October. Cutting in from the left-hand side, the classy Chilean unleashed an absolute bullet past goalkeeper David de Gea.

To many, De Gea is recognised as one of the leading 'keepers in world football, but the Spaniard stood absolutely no chance of getting in the way of this one. Ultimately, it proved to be a very special day for the Gunners as they crushed their rivals by three goals to nil. 

Adam Smith vs Everton

As Bournemouth and Everton played out a 3-3 draw in one of the games of the season at Dean Court, Adam Smith struck remarkably past Tim Howard. 

Indeed, the 24-year-old may well be a full-back by trade, but he certainly knows how to strike a ball. It must be noted that he was given far too much time on the edge of the box, but he smashed home a rifle of a strike to help his side back into the game against the Toffees. 

Riyad Mahrez v Chelsea

Leicester City have been the story of the season so far and one man in particular has played a prominent role throughout. No, it's not Jamie Vardy on this occasion....it's Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez, who has found the back of the net 13 times in England's elite division so far, scored a cracker against the Premier League champions. In what proved to be Jose Mourinho's final game in charge of the west London club, the technically gifted midfielder used his magical left foot to curl the ball past Thibaut Courtois. 

Juan Mata v Southampton 

There have been some very special individual goals, but this team effort from Manchester United deserves to be recognised. United, as an attacking force have so often been criticised this season, but they have produced one memorable moment. 

Juan Mata was the goalscorer, but it was United's all-round play that left the Southampton back-line extremely confused. Rather impressively, following a 45-pass move, Mata found the back of the net after Dutchman Memphis Depay struck the post. 

We're sure you're not going to completely agree with this list, so let us know which goals deserve to be mentioned in the comments section below.

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