In 55 games in 2015, Arsenal have managed to score 103 goals. Amongst them have been some tap-ins, a fair few own goals, and some lucky strikes.
Special mentions go out to Héctor Bellerin, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud for goals aaginst Liverpool, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Chelsea and Monaco), and Nacho Monreal (Manchester Utd). All players were considered for the top five (Giroud for number of goals) but these particular strikes were ignored.
So, who made it?
5th – Jack Wilshere v West Brom
Arsenal ended up winning the game 4-1, but it was essentially meaningless. A complete dead rubber at the end of the Premier League season as everyone looked ahead to the FA Cup Final.
It’s a shame it didn’t mean something, otherwise this left-foot volley would probably be more well remembered.
4th – Alexis Sánchez v Manchester United
What a game, and what a goal. Essentially a carbon copy of the goal against Liverpool back in March, Alexis’ second of the game in our 3-0 defeat of Manchester United was an absolute screamer.
3rd – Theo Walcott v Manchester City
One of the last games of the year, and one of the biggest. Someone had to step up in Alexis’ absence, and Theo Walcott fired Arsenal into the lead against their biggest title rivals for this season.
A 2-1 win made the Gunners favourites for the Premier League, and Walcott’s strike was superb. He hits the ball so cleanly, and with more power than he often seems capable of. Joe Hart had no chance.
2nd – Mathieu Flamini v Spurs
I really wanted to make this goal the best of 2015, but couldn’t. One of the best north London derby goals in a while – and it has fierce competition – gave Arsenal the win at White Hart Lane, and it came via Mathieu Flamini.
I suggest watching this one with the special commentary and music below.
— BZ (@bzafc) September 23, 2015
1st – Alexis v Aston Villa
Not only the best goal Arsenal scored in 2015, but one of the best FA Cup Final goals of all time. To score a goal like this is one thing, but to do it at Wembley on Cup Final day? Wow.