Happy Birthday Arsene; the best goals of the Wenger era at Arsenal
He might be 64 today, but it looks like Arsenal still need him, and here’s the pick of the goals from his years at the helm.
While trophies may have dried up in recent seasons, the start to the new campaign suggests that at long last, Arsenal may be contenders for silverware again this season. Since he took over in September 1996, the Frenchman has won three league titles and four FA Cups and overseen some of the best football ever seen in the English game.
Just last weekend, Jack Wilshere scored a goal that even Wenger admitted was ‘one of the best Arsenal goals’. With that in mind, and because it is his birthday, here’s 10 other absolute peaches from Arsene Wenger's time in charge of the Gunners.
Dennis Bergkamp v Leicester
One of the earliest goals on this list, and one of the very best. Genius
Kanu v Chelsea
Crazy game, crazy goal, crazy commentary
Sylvinho v Chelsea
Another stunner against their London rivals
Dennis Bergkamp v Newcastle
Featuring three of Wenger's greatest players (Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Bergkamp) the move was slick and the wizardry of the Dutchman to beat the hapless Nikos Dabizas was out of this world.
Thierry Henry v Manchester United
A ridiculous goal, one that always makes me feel sorry for Denis Irwin
Thierry Henry v Spurs
Nothing too fancy here, just raw speed and strength to beat the entire Spurs team, including another Irish full-back, Stephen Carr.
Tony Adams v Everton
Symbolic of the melding of George Graham's defence with Wenger's continental flair, this goal by Adams, to seal the 1998 title, was as surprising as it was special.
Andrey Arshavin v Barcelona
A brilliant game from 2011 wrapped up with a brilliant goal
Robin van Persie v Charlton
This moment of aerial brilliance is still stupendous
Robin van Persie v Everton
Another volley from the Dutchman, equally as impressive as the one above