In a decision that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Aaron Ramsey’s backheeled goal finishing off a 70-yard team move involving five different Arsenal players has won the Carling Goal of the Month for October. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen the goal, it’s worth watching again. Do it. You can thank me later.
It’s fitting that Ramsey scored the goal - he started the move all the way back in Arsenal’s defensive third, winning the ball to Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman played the ball to Héctor Bellerín with a first-touch volley over a Fulham defender.
Now to Bellerín’s touch. He tracks the ball over his shoulder while running toward the sideline, BACKHEEL FLICKS it in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION, and finds Ramsey PERFECTLY IN STRIDE. The degree of difficulty was about a 15 on a scale from 1-10.
Ramsey finds Henrikh Mkhitaryan who plays in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who crosses it first-time, back to Ramsey for the backheel finish. **chef’s kiss**
Rewatch Ramsey’s celebration. He casually raises his arms and kind of shrugs, as if he doesn’t know how to celebrate a goal that fantastic. That or, because it was at the height of the rumors about his pulled contract extension, he was saying “really, you don’t want more of THIS?!”
In the game recap, an enterprising TSF writer said the goal “may be the goal of the season in the Premier League.” Jocelyn dove a bit deeper into the goal, pointing out that the announcers described it as “a goal the Harlem Globetrotters would be proud of.”
But how does it stack up against other famous Arsenal goals? Is it better than Olivier Giroud’s Puskas award winning scorpion kick goal?
Or how about the gold standard in Arsenal team goals, the Norwich goal?
Let us know in the comments how you think it stacks up.