So the weekend has come and gone with another great few days of football come to pass. Some great gaffes appeared but as always, some incredible goals came along too.
Here we show the top ten goals of the weekend.
- Santi Carzola
Carzola has so far proven to be one of Wengers most astute signings in recent years, and his hard work since the start of the season finally paid off, with a magnificent one – two combination with fellow new signing Podolski to drill it past Reina at the near post.
- Lukas Podolski
With some great counter attacking intent from Arsenal. Carzola, who would also score during the match, ran spectacularly halfway across the pitch to provide a sublime through ball to Podolski, who subsequently drilled it past the hapless Reina.
- Robin Van Persie, first goal
Having already carved out his name at Arsenal, Van Persie has continued his rich vein of form. The first of his fantastic hat-trick against Southampton resulting from beautiful control of the ball to drill it past the Saints keeper.
- Rickie Lambert
This guy just can’t stop scoring, no matter which league he is in or which team he is up against. Using his great aerial ability, Lambert successfully climbs over the Manchester United defence to power down a header past the keeper and give them a shock lead.
- Ronaldo, first goal
With rumours circulating about his unhappiness at Real Madrid, we may not see the forward at the Bernabeu for much longer. However his ability to score from anywhere is showcased once more against Granada with a fantastic low angle strike almost parallel to the goal.
Some goals are great, some goals are special, this was one of them. With Barcelona struggling to break down a stubborn Valencia side, a wonder goal shot from Adriano outside the box, which would have flown by any keeper sailed into the opposing top corner. As the commentator says, “Fantastica.”
- Hatem Ben Afra
As a Middlesbrough fan, it’s always hard to praise a Newcastle event, but this goal was magnificent. Newcastle were struggling to get through Aston Villa, it would take something special to get a goal, and Ben Afra did exactly that. Shifting the ball slightly past two defenders, he lets it fly and culminates in a goal of the season contender.
- Robert Snodgrass
A great team effort from both sides of the box contributed to a great goal from new Norwich signing Snodgrass. With a high angled cross headed down to him, Snodgrass manages to angle himself towards the balls trajectory, and twist it past Brad Friedel to rescue Norwich a point.
- Matthew Taylor
West Ham are 2 – 0 up and sailing to an easy victory against a surprisingly lack-lustre Fulham side. But the final goal just before half time was something special. The box was absolutely packed with players, such that many a player would consider controlling the ball to lay off to someone else. But no Taylor, with a thunderous half volley he smashes it past the keeper to guarantee West Ham three points.
- Martin Harnik
Despite his side Stuttgart eventually succumbing to a horrendous 6 – 1 defeat to Bayern Munich by the matches end. Harnik was able to muster up some personal pride with an absolutely sensational volley inside the box with his right foot, such a ferocious strike struck with incredible precision to give Stuttgart a surprising lead.